Cassava genome in hand

cassava by Tatters:)
Researchers complete draft genome sequence for cassava:
[Via EurekAlert! – Biology]

(University of Arizona) A $1.3 Million grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will fund the next phase of research that is critical to global food security.

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The cassava is a very important foodstuff. However, it requires a tremendous amount of processing and does not keep well.

Having its gene sequence will be very helpful in developing varieties that are more useful. With so many sequencing technologies out there all looking for a convenient way to demonstrate their worth, I expect we will see a lot more of these sorts of sequencing projects.

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