454, Synamatix, Malaysian Plantation Company Sequence Oil Palm Genome | GenomeWeb

Roche's 454 Life Sciences and Malaysian companies Sime Darby and Synamatix have sequenced and assembled the genome of the oil palm, 454 said today.

According to 454, this is the first de novo assembly of a large, complex plant genome to be completed only with second-generation sequencing data, without the use of Sanger sequence reads.

Palm oil is used in food, health supplements, cosmetics, and as a biofuel, and Sime Darby operates palm oil and rubber plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia.

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