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The many hues of plant heterochromatin

Jeffrey L Bennetzen

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Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 47907-392, USA

Genome Biology 2000, 1:reviews107-reviews107.4  doi:10.1186/gb-2000-1-1-reviews107

Published: 9 June 2000


Recent sequence and cytogenetic analyses of heterochromatin in Arabidopsis, together with other results from Arabidopsis and maize, indicate that plant heterochromatin can have very different origins, compositions and dynamics. Shared features that must determine and/or be a result of its unique biological properties are also revealed.