NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Feed the Future. Dairy Genetics East Africa. Illumina's Agricultural Greater Good Initiative. These are just a few of the efforts underway, showcased at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference held in San Diego last week, to use genomics to advance agriculture in the developing world.

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