Structural variation and the plant pan genomes

  • Morgante M
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The analysis of variation in plants has revealed that their genomes are characterised by high levels of structural variation, consisting of both smaller insertion/deletions, mostly due to recent insertions of transposable elements, and of larger insertion/deletion similar to those termed in humans Copy Number Variants (CNVs). These observations indicate that a single genome sequence might not reflect the entire genomic complement of a species, and prompted us to introduce the concept of the plant pan-genome.




Morgante, M. (2013). Structural variation and the plant pan genomes. EMBnet.Journal, 19(A), 11.

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