Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 1995 Nov
Department of Genetics, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts
General Hospital, Boston, MA 02114, USA.
Arabidopsis thaliana is a small flowering plant that is a
member of the family cruciferae. It has many
characteristics--diploid genetics, rapid growth cycle, relatively
low repetitive DNA content, and small genome size--that recommend
it as the model for a plant genome project. The current status of
the genetic and physical maps, as well as efforts to sequence the
genome, are presented. Examples are given of genes isolated by
using map-based cloning. The importance of the Arabidopsis project
for plant biology in general is discussed.
PMID: 7479893, UI: 96074601