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A Maze of Maize

Three new reports in Nature Genetics describe the maize genome. First, researchers led by Doreen Ware at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory report on their whole-genome surveys of a number of Zea mays lines and a related genus, Tripsacum. Ware and her team identified 55 million SNPs and found that structural variation is common in Z. mays. Additionally, they say that the Tripsacum genome has a number of transposable elements in its genome, making it larger.

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