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Sequencing Corn Genome (Image 3)

July 26, 2010
DNA from the human and maize (corn) genomes contain dispersed arrangements of genes (green in maize.) The number and size of repeated DNA segments (brown) between the genes in maize present unique challenges for the sequencing team.

The 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 genome.

In modern times, sequencing the maize 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.