RICHMOND - The Virginia Department of Forestry announced Monday that a team of scientists from across the nation has decoded the genome of a Virginia Loblolly pine tree.
With 22 billion base pairs, this is the largest genome ever sequenced. In comparison, the human genome has 3 billion base pairs.
Led by Dr. David Neale, professor of plant sciences at the University of California-Davis, the team used tissue from a single pine seedling obtained from the Virginia Department of Foresry and broke down the tree’s DNA into smaller, more manageable data pieces and analyzed them with a super-computer.
The team then re-assembled the pieces, figured out which genes were...