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Researchers Publish Draft Sequence of Silkworm Genome; Has 5,000 More Genes Than Fruitfly

NEW YORK, Dec. 14 (GenomeWeb News) - Researchers from the United States and China have put together a draft sequenced of the genome of the silkworm Bombyx mori.


According to the draft, the sequence covers 90 percent of all known silkworm genes. The scientists estimate that the silkworm has 18,510 genes, compared with 13,379 for Drosophila melanogaster.


The effort, which appears in last week's issue of Science, is expected to help provide insights into the evolution of insect genes and functions, following the sequencing of the genomes of both the fruit fly and mosquito.


Publishing the sequence were researchers from the SouthwestAgriculturalUniversity in China; the Beijing Institute of Genomics of the ChineseAcademy of Sciences; the James D. Watson Institute of Genome Sciences of Zhejiang University; and the University of Washington Genome Center.

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