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Monsanto Shares Rice Data With Public Sequencers

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ST. LOUIS, Mo.--Based on sequencing done for it by the University of Washington, Monsanto has produced a working draft of the rice genome that it will share by June with the International Rice Genome Sequencing Project, a ten-country consortium of rice research groups. Aside from helping that project trim time and costs by as much as half, Monsanto's data contribution means that rice is the largest genome (430 million base pairs of DNA) and first plant to be mapped in working draft form.

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