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The impact of the CIGB in the Cuban agriculture and food production has also been substantial, contributing to the propagation of new plant varieties which are resistant to pests and drought, providing advanced diagnostic systems for plant and animal diseases, creating and producing vaccines for cattle and poultry, and obtaining bioproducts for agriculture. Several projects apply biotechnology tools for improving the efficiency of plant and animal breeding.

These include genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics, besides advanced tissue culture techniques. Transgenic plants with resistance to biotic (pest and diseases) and abiotic (drought and salinity) stresses are also under development. Lastly, the use of plants and animals as bioreactors is the goal of several ongoing projects. Among these, the expressions in plants of the antibodies CB.Hep-1 (anti-Hepatitis B) for industrial purposes and TheraCIM? for cancer treatment are key priorities.