Rice genome sequencers cook up merger
Last week, the Swiss-based agricultural biotechnology company Syngenta and the publicly funded Beijing Genomics Institute published draft maps for two subspecies of rice, japonica and indica, respectively.
Representatives of these groups, together with those from biotechnology firm Monsanto of St Louis, Missouri, and from the Japanese-led International Rice Genome Sequencing Project could meet within weeks to organise the merger, which could result in the genome being completed next year — two years ahead of the current schedule.
Reference: Nature 416, 573 (2002)
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