Wednesday, 29 June 2011

NewsBites: Aspergillus Oryzae Complete Sequence Published

The latest complete genome sequence of an Aspergillus species has been published in the genome databank Genbank.

Aspergillus oryzae is mainly known as a species that has been used by the food industry in the East for many hundreds of years (Soy sauce, koji, sake), but is also occasionally a human pathogen. The availability of this latest sequence is in addition to a different strain of the same species sequenced 6 years ago. Much is known about the differences in the characteristics of these 2 different strains and now we can compare the genome sequences we can start to 'map' those differences to variations in the DNA sequence of the two strains. Much will be learned during this process.

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