A new silk route out of China

chinese scientists have mapped the genome (genetic make-up) of silkworm (Bombyx mori), a moth economically important to a large number of people in Asia, including about six million in India.

The work, by a battery of 93 scientists drawn from several Chinese institutions, appeared in the December 10 issue of Science (Vol 306, No 5703). Almost a year ago, a Japanese-led international consortium had also published the genomic map of B mori. But the Chinese work is far more extensive