Evolutionary history and positional shift of a rice centromere

  • Ma J
  • Wing R
  • Bennetzen J
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Rice centromere 8 was previously proposed to be an "immature" centromere that recently arose from a genic region. Our comparative genomics analysis indicates that Cen8 was formed at its current location at least 7-9 million years ago and was physically shifted by a more recent inversion of a segment spanning centromeric and pericentromeric regions.

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  • Jianxin Ma

  • Rod A. Wing

  • Jeffrey L. Bennetzen

  • Scott A. Jackson

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