By Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A group of researchers from Italy, the US, France, New Zealand, and Belgium reported in the early, online edition of Nature Genetics yesterday that they have sequenced a draft version of the domesticated apple genome — a feat that's expected to lead to a better understanding of the biology of apples and related plants as well as improved apple varieties.

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