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Got pot? Cannabis genome map could lead to new medicines, industrial products

| | February 10, 2014

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It’s called the Cannabis Genomic Research Initiative and it’s being led by 37-year-old Nolan Kane, an assistant professor with Colorado University’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology. The 18-month initiative, based largely if not entirely in Boulder County, should provide hemp farmers and marijuana growers worldwide with a genomic blueprint allowing them to breed high-value specimens far more efficiently than they can now.

Until Colorado voters legalized pot consumption by adults and hemp growing for industrial purposes in 2012, the legal cloud hanging over the plant deterred scientists from undertaking extensive research with it, Kane said.

Read the full, original article: CU-Boulder prof pursues deepest-ever exploration of the cannabis genome

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