This Week in PNAS

In a paper published online in advance in PNAS this week, investigators at the University of California, Davis, "describe a unique technique for rapidly creating recombinant doubled haploid populations in Arabidopsis thaliana: centromere-mediated genome elimination." The team says its approach shows that "haploid populations offer a rapid, easy alternative to RILs [recombinant inbred lines] for Arabidopsis genetic analysis."

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