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The first plant genome

Martienssen R, McCombie WR.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, 1 Bungtown Road, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724, USA.

Abstract:
The sequence of the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana was published last year. A. thaliana is an annual cruciferous weed, related to mustards and cabbages, and its 5 chromosomes and 125 Mb genome have been the object of genetic and molecular studies for more than 50 years. Given its central role in plant genetics, and as the first representative of the plant kingdom to be sequenced, the Arabidopsis genome was eagerly anticipated by plant biologists and evolutionary biologists alike. Comparison with animal and microbial genomes, as well as the implications for plant biology, are reviewed here. First, though, we consider the sequencing strategy chosen for Arabidopsis, as well as its outcome. [1]

  1. Martienssen R & McCombie WR (2001) The first plant genome. Cell 105: 571-4 PubMed
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