The genome of the Christmas tree

In the latest issue of Science:

Given its importance to Sweden’s timber industry, it wasn’t surprising when the Sweden-based Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation last year announced it would provide about $10 million for the sequencing of the Norway spruce’s genome. But what is unexpected—or at least it would have been a year ago—is that this sequencing will largely happen in Sweden rather than being farmed out to other countries. Next week, officials in Stockholm will inaugurate a new building with cutting-edge DNA sequencing machines that by 2013 should produce a rough draft of the genome of the “Christmas” tree.

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