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Cotton domestication: dramatic changes in a single cell

Briana L Gross1* and Jared L Strasburg2

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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


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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