Sequencing Corn Genome Image 2
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Sequencing Corn Genome (Image 2)

July 26, 2010
In 2004, U.S. growers planted 81 million acres of corn for food, animal feed and inclusion in myriad food products. Corn is also an important material for many industrial purposes and products including rubber, plastics, fuel and clothing.

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.

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