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Researchers in Barcelona, Spain, report in a PNAS paper published online in advance this week a partial sequence for the melon genome, which they predict contains 27,427 protein-coding genes. "We assembled 375 Mb of the double-haploid line DHL92, representing 83.3 percent of the estimated melon genome," the authors write.

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