Grant Speeds Up Research
Right now, much of the research is done by hand. The new machines eliminate that and speed up the process.
"Manually, step by step everything, incubation, digestion, it would take a month to finish 100 samples," senior research scientist Tri Vuong said.
The machines inside the research lab range from $30,000-$200,000 and were funded by a national science grant. The machines will cut down research time from three to one year. The set-up allows researchers to complete the process in one room. By perfecting the genetic makeup of the soybean, farmers could get a better yield and make more money. MU researchers said soybeans will also contribute to preventive medicine and slowing the spread of disease.