Decoding plant and animal genome plasticity from differential paleo-evolutionary patterns and processes

Continuing advances in genome sequencing technologies and computational methods for comparative genomics currently allow inferring the evolutionary history of entire plant and animal genomes. Based on the comparison of the plant and animal genome paleohistory, major differences are unveiled in 1) evolutionary mechanisms (i.e., polyploidization versus diploidization processes), 2) genome conservation (i.e., coding versus noncoding sequence maintenance), and 3) modern genome architecture (i.e., genome organization including repeats expansion versus contraction phenomena). This article discusses how extant animal and plant genomes are the result of inherently different rates and modes of genome evolution resulting in relatively stable animal and much more dynamic and plastic plant genomes.

Murat, C., Van de Peer, Y., Salse, J. (2012) Decoding plant and animal genome plasticity from differential paleo-evolutionary patterns and processes. Genome Biol. Evol. 4(9):917-28.









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