The research was conducted as part of a partnership led by Curtis Van Tassell and Julie Long with the U.S.D.A.; Otto Folkerts and Rami Dalloul of Virginia Tech University’s Bioinformatics Institute (V.B.I.); and Steven Salzberg of the University of Maryland’s Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at College Park.
"The project underscores how rapidly the field of genome sequencing has changed," Ms. Long said. "We sequenced the turkey genome in less than a year, at a fraction of the cost of sequencing chicken and cow genomes. The turkey industry and consumers will benefit from this research."