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Cotton domestication: dramatic changes in a single cell

Briana L Gross1* and Jared L Strasburg2

Author Affiliations

1 USDA-ARS, National Center for Genetic Resource Preservation, 1111 S. Mason Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521, USA

2 Department of Biology, Indiana University, 915 E. 3rd Street, Myers #150, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

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BMC Biology 2010, 8:137  doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-137

Published: 15 November 2010

Abstract

Investigations on the nature of genetic changes underpinning plant domestication have begun to shed light on the evolutionary history of crops and can guide improvements to modern cultivars. A recent study focused on cotton fiber cells tracks the dramatic genome-wide changes in gene expression during development that have accompanied selection for increased fiber yield and quality.

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