One potato genome unravelled, three to go

10.07.2011
New Scientist

A massive collaboration among scientists on four continents has now solved the problem of potato genome to decode by growing a whole plant in culture from one pollen cell. This produced potatoes with just one copy of the genome, which the researchers were able to sequence. The "monoploid" sequence provided a template they could then use to piece together the DNA sequences of a rare potato variety which is diploid, meaning it carries two genomes. 

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