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DOE to Sequence Soybean Genome

NEW YORK, Jan. 17 (GenomeWeb News) The US Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute announced plans today to sequence the soybean genome as the first in a series of microbial genomics projects to be coordinated with the US Department of Agriculture.

 

The DOE is particularly interested in the soybean because of its potential as an alternative fuel source.

 

"Effective application of translational genomics to soybean requires detailed knowledge of the plant's genetic code," said DOE JGI Director Eddy Rubin in a statement. The soybean genome is about 1.1 billion base pairs.

 

Last year PurdueUniversity received a $4.5 million grant to sequence the soybean genome.

 

The DOE JGI said it would coordinate its upcoming sequencing projects with the USDA's Cooperative State Research, Extension and Economics Service.

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