Broad-scale genetic diversity of Cannabis for forensic applications

"Cannabis ... is an iconic yet controversial crop," begin Dufresnes et al. in this 2017 paper published in PLOS ONE. They reveal that in actuality, due to regulations and limitations on supply, we haven't performed the same level of genetic testing on the crop in the same way we have others. Turning to next-generation sequencing (NGS) and genotyping, we can empower the field of Cannabis forensics and other research tracks to make new discoveries. The researchers discuss their genetic database and how it was derived, ultimately concluding that databases like theirs and the "joint efforts between Cannabis genetics experts worldwide would allow unprecedented opportunities to extend forensic advances and promote the development of the industrial and therapeutic potential of this emblematic species. "

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