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Life at the extreme: lessons from the genome

Dong-Ha Oh12, Maheshi Dassanayake1, Hans J Bohnert123 and John M Cheeseman1*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Plant Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA

2 Division of Applied Life Science (BK21 program), Gyeongsang National University, Jinju 660-701, Korea

3 College of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

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Genome Biology 2012, 13:241  doi:10.1186/gb-2012-13-3-241

Published: 6 March 2012


Extremophile plants thrive in places where most plant species cannot survive. Recent developments in high-throughput technologies and comparative genomics are shedding light on the evolutionary mechanisms leading to their adaptation.

extremophile; Thellungiella; copy number variation; tandem duplications; orphan genes; taxonomically restricted genes; epigenetics; transposons; microRNA