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A transposon in tb1 drove maize domestication

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A new study shows an inserted retroelement in the regulatory sequences of the maize tb1 gene, which controls shoot branching, was the target of human selection during the domestication of maize from its wild relative teosinte. The insertion allele was already present at low frequency in teosinte populations before selection, highlighting the significance of standing genetic variation in the evolution of morphological diversity.

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Figure 1: Standing genetic variation drives morphological change in maize domestication and stickleback natural selection.

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  • 27 April 2012

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Tsiantis, M. A transposon in tb1 drove maize domestication. Nat Genet 43, 1048–1050 (2011).

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