Monday, July 1, 2019

Setting a New Gold Standard in Strain Sequencing: Webinar Describes Cannabis Pan-Genome Project

What makes one strain of cannabis have potent psychoactive properties, and another more suitable for medicinal purposes? Scientists are several steps closer to figuring it all out, thanks to PacBio long-read sequencing and transcriptome analysis of the Cannabis sativa plant. In a recent webinar, Kevin McKernan (@Kevin_McKernan) of Medicinal Genomics (MGC), described how his company’s efforts to create a Cannabis Pan-Genome have already netted interesting results. Using MGC’s assembly of the female Jamaican Lion cultivar as a baseline, genomic DNA from a sibling male plant and multiple offspring were isolated and sequenced with the Sequel II System to identify structural…

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