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D. National Efforts to Meet Agriculture & Energy Challenges

Narrator: This is Science Today. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute, which is located in Northern California , are working on decoding the soybean genome in a national effort to support genomics research to meet the nation's agriculture and energy challenges. Jerry Tuskan, a researcher at the Joint Genome Institute, which is managed by the University of California , says the soybean is of particular interest because it is the principal source of biodiesel, a renewable, alternative fuel.

Tuskan: It's the largest plant genome to be attempted to sequence, so sequencing will take place for several more months. Having the genome available to us, not only can we target individual genes, but we can actually take a global examination of how the genes are interacting with each other and make an informative decision about which ones we want to manipulate.

Narrator: Knowing this can impact productivity or growth.

Tuskan: So, it really is an exciting time anticipation of what will be revealed.

Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.