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Craig Venter Institute and the Institute for Genome Sciences.

Castor bean genome might help prevent potential bioterrorism events A study team co-led by scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute and the Institute for Genome Sciences , University of Maryland College of Medicine, today published the sequence and analysis of the castor bean genome in Nature Biotechnology facts about drugs . Agnes P. Chan, Ph.D., JCVI, and Jonathan Crabtree, Ph.D., IGS were co-business lead authors on the paper describing the 4.5X coverage of this essential oilseed crop. The availability of the castor bean genome also has important biodefense implications since the plant produces the powerful toxin, ricin. The castor bean, a tropical perennial shrub within Africa and additional tropical and subtropical areas in the global globe, is a member of the Euphorbiaceae family.