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International research team cracks potato genome
AP Via Yahoo News ^ | 28 September 2009 | DAVID N. GOODMAN, Associated Press Writer

Posted on 09/28/2009 9:49:58 AM PDT by underthestreetlite

A global team of researchers has mapped the genetic code of the world's most popular vegetable — the potato.

The draft of the potato genome released last week represents the work of more than 50 scientists from 16 institutions and will provide a starting point for other researchers to develop sturdier, more nutritious potatoes.

That's important because the potato is widely grown and plays a central role in feeding the world's 6.3 billion people, said Robin Buell, a Michigan State University plant biologist who worked on the project. The East Lansing school announced the results in the U.S.

The Potato Genome Sequencing Consortium began work in 2006. It has 16 institutional members in Argentina, Britain, Chile, China, India, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Russia and the United States. Michigan State and Virginia Tech are formal members of the consortium, and some work was done at the University of Wisconsin.

The potato genome has 12 chromosomes with 840 million base pairs, about a quarter the size of the human genome. The draft covers 95 percent of potato genes.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: genome; map; potato

1 posted on 09/28/2009 9:49:58 AM PDT by underthestreetlite
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To: underthestreetlite

“Olson, tear out the front page!!!!”

-The Chief


2 posted on 09/28/2009 9:51:45 AM PDT by RexBeach
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To: underthestreetlite

Which type of potato? McDonald’s has been the driving factor in bringing new types of potatoes to our markets, finding a better potato they will buy for their fries is worth billions.


3 posted on 09/28/2009 9:55:43 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: underthestreetlite
I know I'm gonna sleep better tonight.

Anyone else?

4 posted on 09/28/2009 10:00:30 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: Abathar

You cannot mention McDonald’s fries without acknowledging J.R. Simplot, high-school dropout potatoe billionaire.


5 posted on 09/28/2009 10:01:26 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: underthestreetlite
That's important because the potato is widely grown and plays a central role in feeding the world's 6.3 billion people

And it can also be used to create a dominant army to take over the world.


6 posted on 09/28/2009 10:03:55 AM PDT by mmichaels1970
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To: the invisib1e hand

A great man and a shining example of what this country is all about.


7 posted on 09/28/2009 10:06:40 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: underthestreetlite

Weight-wise, by far, the highest yielding crop on the planet.


8 posted on 09/28/2009 10:06:40 AM PDT by djf (I ain't got time to read all the whines!!!)
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To: underthestreetlite; camle; Alkhin; Professional Engineer; katana; Mr. Silverback; MadIvan; ...
RIMMER: Is something amiss?
LISTER: (Slight quaver in him voice) Amiss? God no, what could possibly be amiss?
RIMMER: You don't think there's anything amiss? I'm sitting here wearing a red and white checked gingham dress and army boots and you think that's un-amiss?
CAT: No, of course not. It's just that we thought you had gone nuts! We were tryin' to humour you.
RIMMER: I was just doing a little test -- a little test to see if you had gone crazy.

He abruptly tenses and lets out a horrible yell.

RIMMER: CHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! If there is one thing I can't stand it's crazy people.
LISTER: Well we've passed the test, Rimmer. You can let us out.
RIMMER: I can't let you out.
LISTER: Why not?
RIMMER: Because the King of the Potato People won't let me. I begged him. I got down on my knees and wept. He wants to keep you here. Keep you here for ten years.
CAT: Could we see him?
RIMMER: See who?
CAT: The King.
RIMMER: Do you have a magic carpet?
LISTER: Yeah, a little three-seater.
RIMMER: So, let me get this straight. You want to fly on a magic carpet to see the King of the Potato People and plead with him for your freedom, and you're telling me you are completely sane?! I think that warrants 2 hours of W.O.O.
LISTER: What's W.O.O?
CAT: You had to ask.
RIMMER: With ... out ... oxygen. No oxygen for 2 hours. That will teach you to be bread baskets.

He disappears.

LISTER: What do we do?
CAT: I think our only hope's the Potato King.

9 posted on 09/28/2009 10:07:48 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 250 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: Abathar
A great man and a shining example of what this country is all about.

A shining example of the negative correlation between formal education and usefulness.

10 posted on 09/28/2009 10:08:09 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: underthestreetlite

11 posted on 09/28/2009 10:09:47 AM PDT by smokingfrog (No man's life, liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session. I AM JIM THOMPSON)
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To: djf

Correct me if I’m wrong.

I believe the 2005 world corn production was 695,000,000 tons, potato’s 320,000,000

http://www.potato2008.org/en/world/index.html

http://www.corn.org/wcornprod.htm


12 posted on 09/28/2009 10:19:50 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years.)
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To: Balding_Eagle

Probably true.

I should have qualified it better.

By “highest yielding”, I meant lbs/acre.


13 posted on 09/28/2009 10:24:30 AM PDT by djf (I ain't got time to read all the whines!!!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
A shining example of the negative correlation between formal education and usefulness.

Agreed. JR Simplot's invention of the frozen french fry has done far more for humanity than anything Jonas Salk (inventor the Polio vaccine) ever did with all his fancy degrees. Oh wait...

14 posted on 09/28/2009 10:24:56 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: Alter Kaker
Agreed. JR Simplot's invention of the frozen french fry has done far more for humanity than anything Jonas Salk (inventor the Polio vaccine) ever did with all his fancy degrees. Oh wait...

Well, ha ha, yes, I lol'ed here.

However, maybe (one of) your degree(s) is stuck chapter on "correlation" in your freshman stats book.

15 posted on 09/28/2009 10:33:13 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: Alter Kaker
50sDad Predicts:

By one year from now, they will have produced potatoes with vastly improved nutrition, immune to most bugs and disease without using dangerous chemicals, that optionally will be able to treat many disease without resorting to costly medicines produced in laboratories...

And they won't be able to plant, farm or harvest them because some Luddite Sierra Club Earth First special interest group will convince The Glorious Leader that they are "bad" or somehow "unfair."

16 posted on 09/28/2009 10:34:55 AM PDT by 50sDad (The Left cannot understand life is not in a test tube. Raise taxes, & jobs go away.)
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To: underthestreetlite

WHEW!!!! Now I can sleep at night knowing that someone has cracked the potato genome!!

/sarc


17 posted on 09/28/2009 10:58:35 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: the invisib1e hand
However, maybe (one of) your degree(s) is stuck chapter on "correlation" in your freshman stats book.

If there were a negative correlation between usefulness and education, then the most useful people on earth would be illiterate subsistence farmers in Africa, Bedouin nomads, and beggars in the slums of Calcutta. Most people on earth have little or no formal education, and as far as they go, America ranks far behind Bolivia, Botswana and Bangladesh.

I agree that there are useless people with plenty of education, but the argument that education is a bad thing is patently absurd on its face.

18 posted on 09/28/2009 11:13:27 AM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: underthestreetlite
On Sept. 14, a scientific team announced success in mapping the genome of the late blight pathogen, which still causes billions of dollars in damage to potato, tomato and other crops each year. Go team! Thanks for posting.
19 posted on 09/28/2009 11:36:52 AM PDT by neefer (Because you can't starve us out and you can't make us run.)
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To: underthestreetlite

Support the Clinton Global Initiative Potato Research Institute

20 posted on 09/28/2009 11:50:32 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: the invisib1e hand

My father never graduated high school, not too many people can match what he has now.


21 posted on 09/28/2009 11:54:36 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: the invisib1e hand

My father never graduated high school, not too many people can match what he has now.


22 posted on 09/28/2009 11:54:56 AM PDT by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: underthestreetlite

23 posted on 09/28/2009 12:37:51 PM PDT by houeto (Long Live the Republic)
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To: houeto

24 posted on 09/28/2009 12:42:20 PM PDT by houeto (Long Live the Republic)
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To: Alter Kaker
did I say "eduacation," or "formal education?" if the former, I was careless.

I hope you appreciate the difference.

It was careless enough of me that I didn't bother to correct myself and say "lack of correlation," although now I think i can honestly say "negative correlation," having worked among some of the best educated people in their fields for most of my career and seeing how "useless" is a word that is too benign to describe their "contribution" (or should I say "negative contribution") to the well being of their neighbors, their nations, anyone but themselves.

This isn't your daddy's "higher education."

Acceptions to the rule are gratefully acknowledged.

25 posted on 09/28/2009 2:21:05 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: null and void
And I Quote: I think our only hope's the Potato King.
26 posted on 09/28/2009 3:16:21 PM PDT by underthestreetlite
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To: Alter Kaker
and having said what I said, lest I be misunderstood, let me reiterate that you can probably trace 99% of the problems modern society faces to frat boys.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2350418/posts

27 posted on 09/28/2009 6:40:47 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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To: underthestreetlite

Maybe they’ll genetically engineer one with a barcalounger built into it.


28 posted on 09/29/2009 8:46:44 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("Isn't the Golden Mean the secret to something," I parried? "Yes," Blue replied. "Mediocrity.")
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