News of the WeekGenome Sequencing

Insects Rank Low Among Genome Priorities

Science  09 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5545, pp. 1261-1262
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5545.1261b

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ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA-- At the Comparative Insect Genomics Workshop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and held here last week, entomologists interested in genomics argued for deciphering the genomes of several insect groups. Not only are insects the most diverse creatures on Earth, but they also cause more than $26 billion in damage annually to crops and livestock. The USDA and other U.S. agencies that support genome sequencing, however, can't afford to do anything about this.