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UD Leads $5.3-Million Research Project on Rice Epigenetics
September 10, 2007
Using a novel "deep sequencing" technology that can, in one fell swoop, decode 50 million sequences representing well over a billion bases of DNA, a research team led by University of Delaware scientists is working to unmask where, why and how certain genes are switched on or off in rice--a crop vital to the world's food supply. The $5.3 million NSF project may lead to development of hardier strains of rice and other cereal grains.
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