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11 August 2005

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The international collaboration IRGSP has published a detailed analysis of the rice genome, with the finished quality sequence 95% complete. The ordered nature of this draft makes it possible to look at important aspects of the genome structure such as organelle insertions and duplications. The number of transposable elements — higher than predicted — and their composition help to explain how the genomes of other cereal grasses have been derived from rice. The data are publicly available and the IRGSP provides tools for analysis on its websites.

ArticleThe map-based sequence of the rice genome

International Rice Genome Sequencing Project *

doi: 10.1038/nature03895

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