Phylos is a genomic science company studying the DNA of cannabis to better understand how domestication has shaped the evolution and complex diversity of hybrid strains. With this information, farmers can grow more efficiently, patients can access reliable medicine, consumers can avoid confusion, and the industry can grow more sustainably.
In 2014, Phylos launched the Cannabis Evolution Project, a two-year collaboration with Rob Desalle, a curator and phylogeneticist at the American Museum of Natural History. They collected thousands of ancient and modern sample, and today they serve as the foundation for the Phylos Galaxy, the largest collection of genetic information on cannabis in the world.
With customer permission, they also make their data open-source via the Open Cannabis Project (OCP). The intellectual property competition that has come with the growing wave of legalization may have the unintended consequence of narrowing and restricting this diversity, and they support the OCP in their mission to to prevent this from happening.
Phylos also developed the Phylos Plant Sex Test to