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Mapping the Tuber’s Genome

August 4th, 2011 | Posted in: News

Did you know that potatoes thrive on every continent — except Antarctica? And that over 200 million tons are consumed worldwide each year?

One of the world’s most important food crops is being studied by scientists — with a specific look to map the potato’s genome. Jiming Jiang, a professor in the University of Wisconsin’s department of horticulture, is one of the researchers involved in the Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium‘s efforts to map the potato genome. So far, 39,000 genes have been identified.

Take a look at this video to see why sequencing of the genome is important.

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