Portland biotech startup maps cannabis genomes

Phylos Bioscience aims to shield marijuana strains from potential patent attempts by agricultural companies.

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The startup, Phylos Bioscience, and its chief scientific officer Mowgli Holmes have been talking about mapping weed genes for years. But Phylos finally launched its guide—called the Galaxy—on Wednesday.

…Marijuana is subject to the same statutes as any other agricultural patents—simply, that the genome must be characteristically different than the naturally occurring counterpart.

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In related marijuana industry news, the city of La Pine will meet tomorrow to consider changes to zoning laws that would include indoor growing at an industrial park.

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