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BGI-Led Team Sequences Cucumber Genome

An international research team led by investigators at the Beijing Genomics Institute-Shenzhen reported online in Nature Genetics yesterday that they have sequenced the draft genome of the domestic cucumber plant, Cucumis sativus.

The team used a combination of Sanger and Illumina methods to sequence the cucumber genome to more than 70 times coverage. The researchers' subsequent assembly and analysis uncovered numerous cucumber-specific genes as well as thousands of other genes that are offering clues about cucumber biology and relationships with other vascular plants, which circulate water, nutrients, and sugars using specialized vessel-like tissues.
 
 

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