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Sequencing for the cream of the crop

Sequencing technologies are poised to transform conventional strategies for crop improvement.

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Figure 1: Genome resequencing enables genomic selection and marker-assisted selection.


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Chia, JM., Ware, D. Sequencing for the cream of the crop. Nat Biotechnol 29, 138–139 (2011).

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