Biotech Updates

FCC Scientists Develop Transgenic Wheat

October 23, 2013

Transgenic wheat seeds developed by scientists from the Forman Christian College (FCC) in Pakistan were handed over to Mr. Makhdoom Hussain, Director Wheat Research Institute of Ayub Agriculture Institute (AARI) Faisalabad to check field performance and further multiplication of seeds. The wheat germplasm seeds are the result of a project initiated in March 2010 by FCC's Biological Sciences Department entitled "Development of transgenic wheat for increased Fe and Zn bioavailability". The transgenic seeds will be further screened in the field under controlled conditions observing all the requirements of Biosafety Guidelines. The project's purpose is to introduce a phytase gene that can break down phytates resulting in increase bioavailability of iron and zinc.

The latest National Nutrition Survey reports gross malnutrition of iodine, Vitamin A, iron and zinc particularly among women and children. Iron deficiency, according to the World Health Organization is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world.  

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