Cannabis Sativa Genome Sequenced by Medicinal Genomics

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Weed sequenced. No really – weed. – August 18, 2011

At last, the field of genomics has something to offer Cheech and Chong. DNA sequencing hit a new high last night with the midnight release of the Cannabis sativa genome. The raw sequence was posted on Amazon’s EC2 public cloud computing service by a young company called Medicinal Genomics, which aims to explore the genomes of therapeutic plants.

Thus far the company is only posting the raw sequence reads – meaning that the over 131 billion bases of shotgun sequence have not yet undergone the important and arduous process of being assembled into contiguous chunks. For now, the sequence is fragmented into hundreds of thousands of snippets. But Medicinal Genomics founder Kevin McKernan says he estimates the size of the C. sativa genome to be about 400 million bases – roughly three times the genome of that other weed, the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana.

And in case you’re wondering: the DNA was extracted and prepped for sequencing in a laboratory in Amsterdam.

http://blogs.nature.com/news/2011/08/weed_sequenced_no_really_weed.html

One response to “Cannabis Sativa Genome Sequenced by Medicinal Genomics

  1. great news, check out this groundbreaking book regarding this matter:

    “The Biotechnology of Cannabis”: http://www.scribd.com/doc/14571756/The-Biotechnology-of-Cannabis-Sativa

    http://sliwww.slideshare.net/HanfStaat/the-biotechnology-of-cannabis-sativa

    Another breakthrough was made in Dortmund, Germany, where scientist at the university accomplished to modify E.Coli bacteria so that they were producing THC : http://www.welt.de/wissenschaft/article9059512/Bakterien-koennen-Cannabis-Wirkstoff-produzieren.html

    :)))

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