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Corn Sequencing Complete (Image 1)

July 27, 2010
Corn, also known as maize, is used to produce a myriad of products, from breakfast cereal, meat and milk to toothpaste, shoe polish and ethanol.

The National Science Foundation, in partnership with the USDA and DOE, and under the auspices of the National Plant Genome Initiative (NPGI), funded research to develop a map-based genome sequence for the B73 inbred line of corn. The sequencing project is part of an ongoing effort to understand the structure and function of all plant genes at levels from the molecular and organismal, to interactions within ecosystems. Focus is on plants of economic importance and plant processes of potential economic value. Sequencing the corn genome is one of the major goals of the current plant genome initiative.