The article has been updated to clarify Pablo Rabinowicz's affiliation.

By Andrea Anderson

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – An international team led by researchers at the University of Maryland and the J. Craig Venter Institute reported in the early, online edition of Nature Biotechnology yesterday that they have sequenced a draft version of the castor bean, Ricinus communis, genome.

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