SAN DIEGO (GenomeWeb News) — A consortium of researchers is using sequencers made by Roche 454 and Illumina, and possibly also Sanger sequencing and other methods, to decode the cacao genome, according to a US Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service researcher.

Brian Scheffler, a computational molecular biologist and director of the USDA-ARS Mid-South Area Genomics Laboratory, described the plan to sequence the 400-megabase genome during a workshop at this year's at the Plant and Animal Genome conference, held here Jan. 10-14.

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