Near-complete Genome Sequence of Snapdragon Successfully AssembledFebruary 6, 2019
Researchers have successfully assembled a near-complete genome sequence of the popular plant model system Antirrhinum majus, commonly known as snapdragon.
The near-complete assembly is comprised of 510 megabases of genomic sequence and contains nearly 38,000 annotated protein-encoding genes. The research was done by scientists in China and at the John Innes Centre (JIC).
Snapdragon, a flowering plant, has served as a model system for the past three decades, facilitating investigations into molecular and developmental genetics. Antirrhinum has been used as a model system by scientists in learning more about plant shape, gene function and important genetic elements such as transposons – also known as jumping genes.
For more details, read the press release from JIC.
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