Virginia Bioinformatics Institute completes largest ever Affymetrix GeneChip plant experiment

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2007-05-29
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Virginia Tech. University Relations
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The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech today announced that it has completed the largest ever Affymetrix GeneChip microarray study for a plant experimental system in an academic research setting. The 2600-chip experiment explores the counter-play of plant and pathogen genes during infection of soybean with the root-rot pathogen Phytophthora sojae, with a focus on mechanisms of long-lasting disease resistance. P. sojae causes severe damage in soybean crops and results in $100-200 million annually in losses for commercial farmers in the United States alone.

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