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Flax is a crop plant known for its health-oriented properties for ages. Flax oil is a rich source of poly-unsaturated fatty acids, very valuable for human health. Moreover, flax seeds contain healthy phenylpropanoid compounds, that is natural antioxidants. According to the studies of the Linum Foundation research team, also the flax fibre shows health-oriented properties. Hitherto work led to the generation of a few types of transgenic flax (GMO), which offered enhanced properties compared to the wild types.

It is therefore not surprising that the products originating from such flax found the application in medicine. However, the technology used for the improving of the flax properties was questionable. Genetically modified plants still meet the distrust of the society. To avoid problems connected with the introcuction of GMO-derived products to the market, researchers of the Linum Foundation elaborated a new technology of introducing changes in plant organisms that lead to the desired changes. This technology constitutes an alternative to the currently used methods of generation of new plant types (GMO), which are based on brutal ingerention in the plant's genome (excising and/or introducing DNA sequences). The technology proposed by the Linum Foundation consists in activating or silencing the endogenous sequences without the necessity of braking the DNA integrity and first of all, without introducing foreign genes. Such changes are called epigenetical and the organisms generated in this way are epigenetically modified organisms (EMO) Using the alterGMO technology it is possible to obtain organisms of improved traits, which earlier could have been obtained only by the GMO technology.


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