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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2003 Apr;6(2):113-20.

Comparative biology comes into bloom: genomic and genetic comparison of flowering pathways in rice and Arabidopsis.

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National Institute of Agrobiological Sciences, 2-1-2 Kannondai, Tsukuba 305-8602, Japan.


Huge advances in plant biology are possible now that we have the complete genome sequences of several flowering plants. Now, genomes can be comprehensively compared and map-based cloning can be performed more easily. Association study is emerging as a powerful method for the functional identification of genes and molecular genetics has begun to reveal the basis of plant diversity. Taking the flowering pathways as an example, we discuss the potential of several approaches to comparative biology.

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