Finding out if more is better when it comes to copies of the entire genome
Our cells multiply and divide continuously. Somatic (non-sex) cells undergo mitosis. The chromosomes are duplicated, the cell divides and one copy of the genome is passed to each of two daughter cells. This maintains the number of chromosomes (diploid number). Polyploidy, also called whole genome duplication (WGD), is not associated with cell division. It is widespread among eukaryotes and considered a major force in evolution and species diversification. However, a clear link between WGD and the increased complexity of organisms has been elusive, and it is not certain whether WGD is beneficial or detrimental on the whole. The EU-funded DOUBLE ADAPT project is studying whether WGD promotes adaptation in a variety of naturally polyploid plant species. Genomics studies in natural and manipulated populations could shed light on adaptive mechanisms relevant to survival in the face of climate change.
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