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In attempting to map genomes, dispersion of efforts across a wide range of species can be a barrier to progress, particularly in plant molecular biology. The usefulness of a model plant in genome analysis lies in its universal value for extrapolation of data to other species; it is suggested that the weed species Arabidopsis thaliana is an ideal choice as a model plant for both conventional breeding and genome studies. The BRIDGE programme T-project aims to devise and promote even more efficient methods of gene characterisation and isolation. It plans to contribute to an international effort to assemble an overlapping YAC library covering the entire genome. This is being done by dividing up the five chromosomes to be mapped according to the interests of the participating laboratories, and establishing common principles and standards of mapping. Internationally, attempts are being made to standardise the nomenclature for describing genes, and two stock centres have been set up.

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Authors: MAGNIEN E, CEC Bruxelles (BE);BEVAN M, John Innes Centre, AFRC Institute of Plant Science Research, Cambridge Laboratory, Norwich (GB);PLANCHÉ K, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Den Haag (NL)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: Trends in Biotechnology, Vol. 10 (1992) Jan./Feb., pp. 12-15
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