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Scientists map herb genome

AFTER over a year's efforts, scientists from Shanghai and Hong Kong announced yesterday that they have completed mapping the whole genomic sequencing work of Isaria cicada, a rare herb highly valued in traditional Chinese medicine, which will help facilitate its further development in medical and nutritional fields.

It is the first time that the whole genomic sequence of Isaria cicada has been released, said the scientists from Shanghai Institute of Bio-Asia Life Science and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who participated in the research.

According to the results, the genomic size of Isaria cicada, a medicine traditionally used to treat children's diseases, is about one eightieth of the human genome, containing about 16,000 genes.

The tests that had been done proved that Isaria cicada, with many high-quality genes not recognized or used by human beings yet, deeply affects important life processes like the metabolism, providing new ways for further development of Isaria cicada in bio-medicine, said a scientist from HKUST.


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