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Sequencing Corn Genome (Image 1)

July 26, 2010
A team of university and private laboratory researchers has been awarded a total of $32 million from the National Science Foundation (NSF), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Department of Energy (DOE) to sequence the maize (corn) genome.

In modern times, sequencing the maize (corn) genome has been considered a daunting task because of its large size and complex genetic arrangements. With two smaller plant genomes now complete--rice and the model laboratory plant Arabidopsis--scientists are now stalking the 2.5 billion bases of maize's genetic code.