Magnetophoresis as Novel Means for Transgenesis

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
2001-33610-10336
Solitcitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Branch:
N/A
Award Year:
2001
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
2001-00076
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Small Business Information
Kuehnle AgroSystems Co. LLC
3119 Beaumont Woods Place, Honolulu, HI, 96822
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Manfred Kuehnle
 (808) 521-5418
Business Contact
 Gordon Wallace
Title: President
Phone: (808) 988-3170
Email: gordon@aloha.net
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Genetically engineered products offer tremendous potential as foods, medicines, and industrial materials. The novel process of magnetophoresis may be able to address shortcomings of existing gene transfer technologies for further crop improvement. We propose in this Phase I project to demonstrate the technical feasibility of magnetophoresis to reproducibly deliver small magnetic particles (micromagnets) into target tissues. Research focuses on strategies of micromagnet handling and on micromagnet geometry/composition for DNA payload sequestering. Identification of the enabling strategies in Phase I is key to our Phase II goal of demonstrating efficient plant genetic engineering by magnetophoresis using mersistems, plastids and gametes.

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