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Scientists at the new £1.7 million ($2.76 million) Syngenta University Center at Imperial College London are developing a new computing tool that could help scientists predict how plants will react to different environmental conditions in order to create better crops. A prototype of the new tool they are currently testing can reportedly analyze in a matter of minutes, instead of months, which genes are responsible for different processes inside a plant, and how different genes work together. It uses a type of computer programming that relies on "machine learning," a set of sophisticated algorithms that allows a computer to "learn" based on data it is analyzing.

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