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US Representative Nick Smith, a Republican from Michigan who chairs the House research committee and is a senior member of the agriculture committee, has been commended recently for his support of the Plant Pathogen Genome Act of 2001, which would appropriate $30 million for an ag pathogen genomics program in the US Department of Agriculture. GT’s Meredith Salisbury phoned the congressman to find out what this could mean for the agricultural genomics field.

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