Cannabis DNA sequenced, big step forward for medical marijuana

Here’s what happens when DNA sequencing meets college parties: Cannabis sativa genome was mapped, and the results were published in Amazon’s EC2 public cloud computing service by a young company called Medicinal Genomics, which aims to explore the genomes of therapeutic plants.

However, the company has only posted the raw bits and pieces, so you basically only get 131 billion parts which haven’t been put to the long process of assembly. Also, in case you’re wondering, the cannabis plants were grown, loved, and prepped for sequencing in a laboratory in Amsterdam.

This will undoubtedly contribute to the growth of the medical marijuana branch, which is already growing at an impressive 50% per year.

“It’s going to have to be a fairly regulated market,” he says, “and regulation is going to come through genetics and fingerprinting of which strains are approved.”, says Medicinal Genomics founder Kevin McKernan who is interested not only in THC, but also in other cannabinoids.

Via Nature

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  3. bcainw

    There is no need to regulate and control Cannabis unless you are a corporate shill whose real intent is monopolization.  We all have the inalienable right to grow any herb we wish.  Only a fascist would argue that point.  I have no problem with genetic sequencing to unlock the properites of Cannabis.  I do have a problem with ANYONE suggesting that this should be regulated in any way.  We have been growing and smoking Cannabis for 10,000 years without any complaints.  Don’t manufacture a probllem where none exists.

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  5. a wandering clicker...

    Recreational use should be a given as alcohol is..
    But in a medical use, which I believe there could be many.. even if its just as an anti-emetic.. they will need to be regulated, or they will never be adopted fully as a ‘drug’. akin to paracetamol.

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