He said his chief reason for tackling conifer genomes was to fill a conspicuous vacancy in the list of sequenced plants.
‘‘It was like the one missing piece,’’ he said. ‘‘We just need this final piece to say something about how all the plant kingdom has evolved over the last billion years or so.’’
Canadian project: http://bit.ly/UQdTPd
U.S. project: http://pinegenome.org/pinerefseq/
Swedish project: http://www.congenie.org/
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