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Smithsonian to Sequence Animal and Plant Pathogens on GS Junior

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The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, DC, said this week that it will use Roche's 454 GS Junior sequencing system for research projects in animal disease resistance, population genetics, and molecular ecology in the institute's Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics.

Specific projects include sequencing strains of the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus, sequencing pathogenic strains of the elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus, and sequencing invasive avian malaria strains that have had a major impact on native Hawaiian birds.

Rob Fleischer, head of the Center for Conservation and Evolutionary Genetics, said in a statement that the GS Junior's long read lengths "are critical to our particular areas of focus on pathogen detection and viral/bacterial comparative genomics."

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