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MU students sequence white grub's DNA

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 10:21 a.m. CST, Wednesday, January 27, 2010
MU sophomore Josh Hendren cuts up a white grub specimen in the MU entomology department in the Agricultural Building on Tuesday. Hendren will then put the specimen through a series of tests in order to sequence the white grub's DNA to add to the database. "Farmers in the field can't identify what beetle may be affecting their crop so they send them to use to identify," Hendren said.

By sequencing the white grub's DNA, students will be able to identify the specimen, which could help farmers with pesky beetle problems.

MU sophomore Josh Hendren goes through the process of sequencing the DNA of white grub specimens in the MU Agricultural Building Tuesday. By sequencing the white grub's DNA Hendren will be able to identify the specimen which could help farmers with pesky beetle problems. "By sequencing the DNA you can say this is the type of beetle you have which would give farmers a better advantage in taking care of it," Hendren said.

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