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RIT professors Michael Savka, left, and André Hudson sequenced and annotated bacterial genomes associated with sugarcane and grapevines with alumnus Han Ming Gan in Malaysia. Savka and Hudson are shown here discussing the popular model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, commonly known as “mouse-ear cress.” The small, easily grown member of the mustard family is to plant biology and genetics what mice and fruit flies are to human biology, Savka says.

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