Policy ForumGenomics

Plant Biology in 2010

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2077-2078
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2077

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The completion of the Arabidopsis sequence will be followed by a new ten-year project that will determine the function of all angiosperm genes. Funding for the U.S. component of this multinational project will originate from a new initiative from the U.S. National Science Foundation called the 2010 Project. Progress toward completion of this ambitious project will necessitate significant changes in how the plant biology community selects and approaches research objectives. The plan envisions that the project will facilitate the development of a computational model of a virtual plant that will allow predictive queries about basic mechanisms underlying plant growth and development.