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Comparative genomics of Arabidopsis and maize: prospects and limitations

Volker Brendel1*, Stefan Kurtz2 and Virginia Walbot3

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1 Department of Zoology and Genetics and Department of Statistics, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50010, USA

2 Technische Fakultät, Universität Bielefeld, D-33501 Bielefeld, Germany

3 Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-5020, USA

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Genome Biology 2002, 3:reviews1005-reviews1005.6  doi:10.1186/gb-2002-3-3-reviews1005

Published: 14 February 2002


The completed Arabidopsis genome seems to be of limited value as a model for maize genomics. In addition to the expansion of repetitive sequences in maize and the lack of genomic micro-colinearity, maize-specific or highly-diverged proteins contribute to a predicted maize proteome of about 50,000 proteins, twice the size of that of Arabidopsis.