By Julia Karow

Using a combination of low-coverage Sanger paired-end and high-throughput 454 single and paired-end sequencing, a team of researchers led by the University of Arizona, the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute, and 454 Life Sciences has completed a draft of the 760-megabase cassava genome.

The assembly covers about 55 percent of the genome as well as 95 percent of known cassava genes.

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