09 Oct '17, 11am

Singapore scientists crack the durian genome

SINGAPORE: For Professor Teh Bin Tean, the deputy director of the National Cancer Centre, the endeavour to map the complete genetic blueprint of durian began with a love for the fruit. “As a scientist, I was also curious about what genes are behind the durian’s smell, taste and spiny husk,” he said. A team of five researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Duke-NUS Medical School began the project in early 2015. The team used state-of-the-art sequencing platforms to map the genome of the Musang King or Mao Shan Wang durian. According to the team, they received funding of S$500,000 from a group of anonymous durian lovers. The team’s analysis, Published in the journal Nature Genetics, revealed that the durian genome comprises about 46,000 genes, almost double that of humans who have 23,000 genes. Comparing gene activity patterns from different parts of ...

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