Comparative genomics

Comparative genomics deals with the processes of evolution via the alignment and analysis of genes and genomes of living or extinct organisms related by varying degrees of evolutionary divergence from a common ancestor. Comparisons are usually made pairwise with reference to a third genome 'outgroup' or by examination of pairs of paired sequences and summarized in phylogenetic trees.

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  • News and Views |

    Magnoliid genomes provide novel insight into early angiosperm evolution, showing how whole-genome duplication and proliferation of transposable elements have shaped these genomes. Now, two papers giving differing views of early angiosperm phylogeny, raise questions about the relationships among eudicots, monocots and magnoliids.

    • Douglas E. Soltis
    •  & Pamela S. Soltis
    Nature Plants 5, 6-7
  • News and Views |

    The identification of a set of conserved genes that has had stable expression patterns over 120 million years of ant evolution provides a glimpse into the mechanisms that generate queen and worker castes in ants.

    • Sarah D. Kocher
  • News and Views |

    Can genomics, functional analysis and genome editing help build the bridge between orphan crops and modern agriculture?

    • Luca Comai
    Nature Plants 4, 742-743
  • News and Views |

    Integration of transcriptome profiles, epigenomic marks and chromatin-accessible regions highlights the conserved regulatory circuits governing ripening of fleshy fruits and unveils similarities with the development of dry fruits.

    • Federico Scossa
    •  & Alisdair R. Fernie
    Nature Plants 4, 744-745
  • News and Views |

    The reference genomes of two fern species shed light on fern genome evolution and fern-cyanobacterial symbiosis, paving the way for understanding the unique and interesting biology of ferns.

    • Jo Ann Banks
    Nature Plants 4, 404-405