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News from the University of Hawaii 10-Campus System http://www.hawaii.edu/cgi-bin/uhnews?20080423084604 1 of 2 4/26/2008 12:08 PM
 

Summary: News from the University of Hawaii 10-Campus System http://www.hawaii.edu/cgi-bin/uhnews?20080423084604
1 of 2 4/26/2008 12:08 PM
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newsroom@hawaii.edu E-MailUH Manoa consortium unravels genetic
code of transgenic papaya
An International Papaya Genome Consortium led by University of Hawai'i at Manoa researchers has deciphered the
genetic code of the disease-resistant transgenic "SunUp" papaya. Papaya, cultivated in tropical and sub-tropical regions
worldwide, ranked number one on nutritional scores among 38 common fruits. Fruit, stem, leaves, and roots of papaya
are used in a wide range of medical applications including production of papain, a valuable proteolytic enzyme. This
draft, which spells out more than 90 percent of the plant's gene coding sequence, sheds new light on the evolution of
flowering plants. And because it involves a genetically modified plant, the newly sequenced papaya genome offers the
most detailed picture regarding the impact of particle bombardment on genome structure and function.

  

Source: Alam, Maqsudul - Department of Microbiology, University of Hawai'i at Manoa

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology; Biology and Medicine