Article by Cheyenne MacDonald, Daily Mail
Scientists may soon be able to achieve ‘unthinkable’ strains of marijuana thanks to new efforts in DNA sequencing.
Spearheaded by former HIV researcher Mowgli Holmes, Phylos Bioscience is attempting to map the genetic data for every strain in the world.
The team has so far sequenced over a thousand different kinds, and they’ve plotted all the findings in a breathtaking 3-D representation of the marijuana ‘Galaxy.’
The researchers with Phylos Bioscience have sequenced the DNA of samples from all around the world, including rare and even ancient specimens from Thailand, Colombia, and a dozen other countries, according to Vocativ.
Holmes and colleagues work with breeders and private collectors to gather samples, and then, they analyze the order and makeup of the strain’s DNA.
‘We use the Next Generation Sequencing technology to read the genome of your plant sample,’ according to Phylos’ website.
‘We then carefully analyze its genetic relationship to every other sample in our database – from landacres to modern day varieties.’