Promises and pitfalls of synthetic chromosomes in plants.

  title={Promises and pitfalls of synthetic chromosomes in plants.},
  author={James A. Birchler},
  journal={Trends in biotechnology},
  volume={33 3},
This review summarizes synthetic chromosome construction in plants and speculates on how they might be applied to various uses in the future, as well as the possible impact for synthetic biology. The procedures to construct foundational platforms for synthetic chromosomes in plants are described, together with some challenges to be overcome in growing such chromosomes and expanding their applications. 
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