Kelly Dawe and Jonathan Gent published in Nature
Kelly Dawe and Jonathan Gent contributed to a Nature paper describing a significantly improved genome assembly of maize. The new assembly is notable for its completeness, including not only the genes but most of the intergenic spaces made of transposons. The assembly was made possible by new “single molecule” sequencing technologies that revealed extraordinary diversity among maize lines. The success of the project points the way to a future where many different maize lines will be sequenced and assembled to accelerate breeding in this important crop.