NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – Two groups have de novo sequenced the whole genome of the cotton species Gossypium hirsutum using a combination of next-generation sequencing, BAC clones, and genetic maps. The sequenced genomes yield knowledge about how the crop has evolved and the function of genes, particularly those related to fiber biology.

The two studies, both published today in Nature Biotechnology, demonstrate the challenges of sequencing polyploid genomes, the complexity of the cotton genome, and pave the way toward better crops.

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