By Bernadette Toner

 

Who says you can’t compare apples and oranges? If you’re talking genomic maps, the exercise has been simplified.

Until now, comparative maps have been compiled by hand, using data collected in wet labs and analyzed with software that can only interpret one map at a time — a process that can take months.

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