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Trends Genet. 1998 Oct;14(10):403-9.

Putting the genome on the map.

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  • 1MRC Human Genetics Unit, Edinburgh, UK.


The first complete genomic sequence of a eukaryote (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) has already been accomplished. It is estimated that the sequence of the human genome will be known early in the next millennium. Yet it is already apparent that, despite their immense length, these linear primary sequence maps will be inadequate descriptions of the eukaryotic genome, be it of a budding yeast or a human. To reflect our growing awareness of the importance of spatial context in chromosome function and in gene expression we argue that a more complete map of the genome should seek to embody the richness of information that we expect of the maps we use to navigate our way around the outside world.

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