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Researchers have sequenced the genome of the pea aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum, and have reported their findings in PLoS Biology this week. The International Aphid Genomics Consortium writes that the pea aphid genome appears to have more coding genes than previously sequenced insects, but a precise gene count and further functional annotation of the genome is needed.

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