A CONSORTIUM, which includes the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) and Orion Genomics, is expected to come out with the second genetic code of the oil palm genomes by middle of next year, says MPOB Director-General Datuk Dr Mohd Basri Wahid. “We have already done the first genetic code and now we are going into the second era which is the second genetic code. The second genetic code is associated with the silencing of certain genes,” he told Bernama on the sidelines of the International Palm Oil Congress 2009 (PIPOC 2009) in Kuala Lumpur today. Genome refers to the complete genetic profile from DNA sequencing. Mohd Basri said the consortium has sequenced three oil palm genomes from two oil palm species – E. oleifera, which is native to South America, and E. guineensis, which originates in Africa.
2nd Genetic Code of Oil Palm Out Next Year
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