Cotton domestication: dramatic changes in a single cell
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BMC Biology 2010, 8:137 doi:10.1186/1741-7007-8-137Published: 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.