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Researchers at Cornell's campus in Qatar have mapped the date palm genome, according to the Gulf Times. "We have generated a draft DNA sequence and initial assembly of the date palm," Joel Malek says, a project that involved using next-gen sequencers. He and his colleagues are working to expand the draft sequence but in the meantime say their work will be made available to other researchers.

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