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A news item looks into all the maize genome drafts out there -- three were published last week -- and this crop has growing importance in biofuel research. With $30 million, a consortium headed by Richard Wilson at Washington University is working on the B73 maize strain, Mexico's Jean-Philippe Vielle-Calzada has $9.1 million from the Mexican government to sequence a native, high altitude "popcorn" strain, and Daniel Rokhsar is looking at Mo17.

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