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Maize Genome Mapped in 34 Hours

NRGene, a big data genomic analysis company, mapped the maize W22’s genome in 34 hours. Because of the speed and accuracy of NRGene’s big data genomic analysis, the entire mapping process was done very cost effectively, the company says.
NRGene’s DeNovoMAGICTM built the W22 genome by assembling 2 billion short DNA sequences into 367 very long and perfectly ordered sequences to create a maize reference genome in less than a day and a half.
The analysis was created in cooperation with an academic consortium including the Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis; Cornell University; Iowa State University; University of Florida; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; and Boyce Thompson Institute. The genome’s accuracy was analyzed by world-renown agricultural genetics professors across multiple labs.
Researchers can further analyze the W22 information using NRGene’s GenoMAGICTM, which integrates, analyzes, and stores all genomic data, allowing for data synchronization and sharing among molecular breeders, bioinformaticians, and the breeding team.
Before NRGene’s breakthrough technology, only a single corn genome had been mapped. Thanks to NRGene, scientists now have the complete genome of five species of corn, the company says.