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Nat Rev Genet. 2001 Aug;2(8):607-19.

Plant evolution and development in a post-genomic context.

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  • 1Institute of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Edinburgh, Kings Buildings, Mayfield Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JH, UK.


Large-scale gene-sequencing projects that have been undertaken in animals have involved organisms from contrasting taxonomic groups, such as worm, fly and mammal. By contrast, similar botanical projects have focused exclusively on flowering plants. This has made it difficult to carry out fundamental research on how plants have evolved from simple to complex forms - a task that has been very successful in animals. However, in the flowering plants, the many completely or partially sequenced genomes now becoming available will provide a powerful tool to investigate the details of evolution in one group of related organisms.

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