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Most Comprehensive Genetic Analysis of Maize Plant Will Help Raise Yields, Expand Its Range
June 1, 2012
The most comprehensive analysis to date of the maize genome has just been published. It's an achievement that substantially increases scientists' understanding of differences across related but different species of the plant, which most North Americans call corn, as well as the nature of differences found within individual maize species.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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