Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Carnivorous Plant Relies on Tandem Duplications for Adaptation

[caption id="attachment_22733" align="alignright" width="262"] Photo by Kevin Thiele[/caption] Scientists from the University at Buffalo, Nanyang Technological University, and other institutions published results from an effort to elucidate the Utricularia gibba genome using SMRT Sequencing. U. gibba, also known as the humped bladderwort, is an aquatic carnivorous flowering plant with a remarkably small genome, especially in light of two whole genome duplication events. Genome sequencing and annotation data are reported in the PNAS publication “Long-read sequencing uncovers the adaptive topography of a carnivorous plant genome” from lead author Tianying Lan, senior author Victor Albert, and collaborators. The scientists were interested in…

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