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Honeybee genome sequenced

Nature will publish the completed genome sequence of the honeybee tomorrow, according to reports on Reuters and the British trade mag for lab coats, The Scientist. Sergey Nuzhdin, a professor in the Section of Evolution and Ecology at UC Davis who was not involved in the work, told the Scientist that the single paper accomplishes for the honeybee what took more than a decade to produce for the fruit fly: the researchers have produced a functional interpretation of the genome sequence.

More bee-related blogging, about a pending population crisis and getting a helping hand from wild bees, in our archives.

Update: Biology becomes more like physics every day as author lists run into the hundreds of collaborators, broken down into teams. However, the sharp-eyed Dean of Biological Sciences, Ken Burtis, tells me that Charles Whitfield, team leader for population genetics and SNPs, got his start working on Drosophila genetics in Burtis’ lab at UC Davis. He graduated with a BS in 1994 and is now Assistant Professor of Entomology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The full paper, for those who have online subscription access to Nature, is available here.

2 Responses to Honeybee genome sequenced

  1. Jennifer says:

    Other UCD-related contributors to the honey bee genome paper were Robert Page, former chair of entomology, and Gro Amdam, a former UCD postdoc.

  2. Andy says:

    Thanks Jennifer. Robert Page is now at Arizona State University. Back in 2003, I wrote up work from his lab that solved the problem of sex determination in honeybees (a problem for scientists, not for bees). I like Dr Page immediately because the first time I went to talk to him, about the late Harry Laidlaw, he had a “Xena” calendar in his office.

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