This scientist has made the 'world's biggest' weed DNA database so the quality of cannabis will become more consistent
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Cannabis has enjoyed a very strong 2016, becoming legal in many American states and countries across the world – a trend that looks to continue into 2017. As a result, new strains are being created at an incredible rate. But Mowgli Holmes, a former HIV researcher, believes we’re just getting started. “When we understand this plant better we’re going to be able to help breeders make absolutely crazy, wild weed,” Holmes told Vocativ. “There’s going to be cannabis around that would be unthinkable today.” The scientist co-founded Phylos Bioscience two years ago and is on a mission with his colleagues to sequence the DNA of every weed strain in the world. the Galaxy – an interactive map of every strain they’ve sequenced so far, with genetically similar strains clustered together. It also comes with a short tutorial, which makes the thousand-plus varieties of weed it contains slightly less daunting. There’s even a journey mode, taking you through each strain, what combinations it might be made from, and the dispensary it was created in. Despite the volume of the map there are still thousands of strains left to be catalogued.
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