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Genome Sequenced For Asiatic Pear
2012-06-12 12:43:04

The first sequencing of the Asiatic pear genome has recently been completed by an international consortium of seven worldwide universities and institutions including the University of Illinois. "Our role on the team was to work on the strategy for sequencing, analyzing the data, understanding some of the biological processes, and writing the manuscript," said U of I plant molecular geneticist Schuyler Korban, whose lab had previously been involved in a consortium that sequenced the...


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