NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) - Some plants, especially angiosperms, have monstrously large genomes, posing a unique set of problems for which researchers conducting plant genomic studies have developed a number of clever solutions.

The average size of an angiosperm genome is about 6.2 gigabases, about twice the size of the human genome, Andrew Leitch, a professor of plant genetics at Queen Mary, University of London, noted, but the range of genome sizes is wide.

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Maria Freire from the Foundation for the NIH calls for "politically popular pledges of support" for the NIH to turn into support for increased funding for the agency.

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