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Curr Opin Plant Biol. 2006 Apr;9(2):104-9. Epub 2006 Feb 2.

Paleopolyploidy and gene duplication in soybean and other legumes.

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USDA-ARS and Iowa State University, G401 Agronomy Hall, Ames, Iowa 50011, USA.


Two of the most important observations from whole-genome sequences have been the high rate of gene birth and death and the prevalence of large-scale duplication events, including polyploidy. There is also a growing appreciation that polyploidy is more than the sum of the gene duplications it creates, in part because polyploidy duplicates the members of entire regulatory networks. Thus, it may be important to distinguish paralogs that are produced by individual gene duplications from the homoeologous sequences produced by (allo)polyploidy. This is not a simple task, for several reasons, including the chromosomally cryptic nature of many duplications and the variable rates of gene evolution. Recent progress has been made in understanding patterns of gene and genome duplication in the legume family, specifically in soybean.

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