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Genome of Irish Potato Famine Pathogen Decoded


September 9, 2009

an infected potato plant An international research team has decoded the genome of the notorious organism that triggered the Irish potato famine in the mid-19th century and now threatens this season's tomato and potato crops across much of the US. The study reveals an unusually large genome size -- more than twice that of closely related species -- and an extraordinary genome structure, which together appear to enable the rapid evolution of genes, particularly those involved in plant infection. Full Story

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Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

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