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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2005 Apr;8(2):122-8.

The evolutionary dynamics of plant duplicate genes.

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Department of Genetics, Box 7614, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA.


Given the prevalence of duplicate genes and genomes in plant species, the study of their evolutionary dynamics has been a focus of study in plant evolutionary genetics over the past two decades. The past few years have been a particularly exciting time because recent theoretical and experimental investigations have led to a rethinking of the classic paradigm of duplicate gene evolution. By combining recent advances in genomic analysis with a new conceptual framework, researchers are determining the contributions of single-gene and whole-genome duplications to the diversification of plant species. This research provides insights into the roles that gene and genome duplications play in plant evolution.

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