Researchers Map Marijuana DNA 
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Researchers Map Marijuana DNA 
Posted by CN Staff on October 30, 2017 at 11:59:40 PT
By Anthony Cuthbertson 
Source: Newsweek 
California -- Cannabis can be used in the treatment of numerous conditions, from epilepsy to alleviating the side effects of cancer therapies, but the full extent of the plant’s medicinal benefits remain largely unexplored. A new research initiative hopes to address this by mapping the cannabis genome in a quest to unlock the full potential of pot.Scientists at the University of California, Davis, partnered with biotech firm Front Range Biosciences (FRB) to conduct the genomics research to “advance understanding of cannabis for medical and nutraceutical uses.”
The research team at UC Davis has previously mapped the genomes of the cabernet sauvignon grape and the arabica coffee bean and now wants to focus on the hemp plant because of its commercial potential.“We have successfully applied cutting-edge DNA sequencing technologies and computational approaches to study challenging genomes of diverse crops and associated microorganisms,” said Dario Cantu, an assistant professor in the department of viticulture and enology at UC Davis.“We are now excited to have the opportunity to study the genome of hemp. Decoding the genome will allow us to gain new insight into the genetic bases of complex pathways of secondary metabolism in plants.”Cantu and his research team are not the first to attempt to map the genome of cannabis, though his research differs in that it hopes to bring clarity to the medicinal rather than the recreational market.One team at Oregon Health and Science University, led by geneticist Mowgli Holmes, is involved in a project that ultimately aims to sequence the DNA of every kind of cannabis in the world.The joint initiative with FRB will involve isolating DNA from hemp that is low in THC—the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis.“UC Davis is renowned as the leading agriculture university in the world and we are excited to work with Dr. Cantu’s team to improve this crop to reduce pesticide residues and excessive application of fertilizers, in preparation for production targeting medically beneficial compounds,” said Jonathan Vaught, CEO of FRB.FRB’s involvement in the research is part of a growing trend that has seen dramatic growth in marijuana-related industries in the United States.A study released in June found that there were 165,000 to 235,000 people already working in jobs related to the weed industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this means there are now more marijuana workers than dental hygienists.This figure is expected to grow to around 250,000 jobs by 2020, according to a recent report, thanks to changing laws surrounding recreational pot use.Source: Newsweek (US)Author: Anthony Cuthbertson Published: October 30, 2017Copyright: 2017 Newsweek, Inc.Contact: letters newsweek.comWebsite: http://www.newsweek.comURL: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on November 02, 2017 at 12:10:24 PT
That's a new one. I don't recall seeing that term before. 
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on November 02, 2017 at 12:07:59 PT
Something good...
We don't have to make willow bark tea. But aspirin, while helpful, if misused can kill.That cave fungus and something from a pine tree has ingredients, I don't know what they do to them, that helps fight breast cancer.Teas. Concentrates. Essential oils are still, basically what they started from. So I don't know if that qualifies as a chemical Frankenstein. I think not. I think that's still pretty natural.
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Comment #1 posted by Hope on November 02, 2017 at 10:27:37 PT
Science. Chemistry. What we know.
Sounds like the beginning of a Frankenstein creation like the scientists and chemists did with the poppy and the coca leaf.They take something good, rearrange and change it into something else. Something else that can be really dangerous.Can you think of them ever taking a natural thing that's good and making it better and not worse? They will discover great things and turn it into chemically engineered and gerrymandered pharmaceuticals with all kinds of traps and horrors. That will be done for profit. The more outlandish the profit, the better.It won't even be cannabis any more, but if it kills or harms someone... they'll say cannabis did it. I'm not excited to see this. I'm guessing it was inevitable though. This is what they mean by "Studying it more".
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