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The genome of Apis mellifera: dialog between linkage mapping and sequence assembly

Michel Solignac1*, Lan Zhang2, Florence Mougel1, Bingshan Li2, Dominique Vautrin1, Monique Monnerot1, Jean-Marie Cornuet3, Kim C Worley2, George M Weinstock2 and Richard A Gibbs2

Author Affiliations

1 Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes et Spéciation, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 91198 Gif-sur-Yvette cedex, France and University of Paris Sud, 91405 Orsay, France

2 Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, Alkek 1519, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA

3 Centre de Biologie et de Gestion des Populations, INRA, CS 30016 Montferrier-sur-Lez, 34988 Saint-Gélydu-Fesc, France

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Genome Biology 2007, 8:403  doi:10.1186/gb-2007-8-3-403

Published: 19 March 2007


Two independent genome projects for the honey bee, a microsatellite linkage map and a genome sequence assembly, interactively produced an almost complete organization of the euchromatic genome. Assembly 4.0 now includes 626 scaffolds that were ordered and oriented into chromosomes according to the framework provided by the third-generation linkage map (AmelMap3). Each construct was used to control the quality of the other. The co-linearity of markers in the sequence and the map is almost perfect and argues in favor of the high quality of both.