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Table S1. Characterisation of microsatellite markers. Characterisation of 26 zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) microsatellite markers used to create the linkage maps for the zebra finch chromosomes 1, 1A, 2, and 9.

Tm, melting temperature (calculated using PRIMER3)

EST, expressed sequence tag

†, all primer sequences were identical to zebra finch sequence (obtained either via trace files or assembled genomic sequences)

a, Excluded after CHROMPIC revealed an excess of double recombination events with adjacent markers, indicative of high error rate.

b, Excluded from linkage maps as parent-offspring mismatches estimated the error rate > 0.02

c, Could not be accurately scored after multiplexing

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Ball et al. BMC Genomics 2010 11:218   doi:10.1186/1471-2164-11-218