It's alright officers, they were just holding the samples for a friend. Researchers at the company Medicinal Genomics
have published the raw data of the Cannabis sativa
genome. Yes, scientists sequenced the DNA of weed. You know, for medical reasons.
The raw data, including some 131 billion bases of shotgun sequence, have not yet been assembled into contiguous chunks for more detailed analysis. Still, the company released the information on Amazon's EC2
public cloud computing service. According to Medicinal Genomics founder Kevin McKernan
, when the fragments of data are assembled the C. sativa
genome will likely be around 400 million bases, more complex that other plants like the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana.