Canadian Researchers Complete Mapping Cannabis Genome
Mapping Cannabis’ Code, Viral Duplications
Genome mapping by Tim Price and a U of T team pinpointed the difference between the two plants and their active ingredients.
By examining its chromosomes with supercomputers, his team found “related enzymes that make CBD and THC occur in the same chromosome.”
Scientifically, it’s a huge deal. Cannabis has a weird genome.
“Unlike most genes, which have a big section in the middle and selfish DNA,” he said, “cannabis does not have many genes, does not recombine very often, and we don’t see [the genes] segregating together.”