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Plant population genetics

Section edited by Michele Morgante and Roland Kölliker

This section incorporates all aspects of the genetics of plant populations including but not limited to: analysis of evolutionary, ecological and conservation genetics of plant populations.

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  1. Bacterial fruit blotch (BFB), a disease caused by Acidovorax citrulli, results in significant economic losses in melon. The causal QTLs and genes for resistance to this disease have yet to be identified. Resistan...

    Authors: Md. Rafiqul Islam, Mohammad Rashed Hossain, Denison Michael Immanuel Jesse, Hee-Jeong Jung, Hoy-Taek Kim, Jong-In Park and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:80

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  2. Information on population structure and genetic diversity of germplasm in a breeding programme is useful because it enhances judicious utilisation of genetic resources to achieve breeding objectives. Seventy e...

    Authors: Ebenezer Obeng-Bio, Baffour Badu-Apraku, Beatrice Elohor Ifie, Agyemang Danquah, Essie Takyiwaa Blay, Mustapha Abu Dadzie, Gilbert Tchala Noudifoulè and Abidemi Olutayo Talabi

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:78

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  3. Drought during reproductive stage is among the main abiotic stresses responsible for drastic reduction of grain yield in rainfed rice. The genetic mechanism of reproductive stage drought tolerance is very comp...

    Authors: Saumya Ranjan Barik, Elssa Pandit, Shakti Prakash Mohanty, Deepak Kumar Nayak and Sharat Kumar Pradhan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:76

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  4. Peanut is one of the primary sources for vegetable oil worldwide, and enhancing oil content is the main objective in several peanut breeding programs of the world. Tightly linked markers are required for faste...

    Authors: Nian Liu, Li Huang, Weigang Chen, Bei Wu, Manish K. Pandey, Huaiyong Luo, Xiaojing Zhou, Jianbin Guo, Haiwen Chen, Dongxin Huai, Yuning Chen, Yong Lei, Boshou Liao, Xiaoping Ren, Rajeev K. Varshney and Huifang Jiang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:60

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  5. The accumulation and remobilization of stem water soluble carbohydrates (WSC) are determinant physiological traits highly influencing yield potential in wheat against drought stress. However, knowledge gains o...

    Authors: Mengfei Li, Yuan Liu, Jingfu Ma, Peipei Zhang, Caixiang Wang, Junji Su and Delong Yang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:50

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  6. Wheat leaf rust is an important disease worldwide. Understanding the pathogenic molecular mechanism of Puccinia triticina Eriks. (Pt) and the inconstant toxic region is critical for managing the disease. The pres...

    Authors: Jie Wei, Liping Cui, Na Zhang, Dongdong Du, Qingfang Meng, Hongfei Yan, Daqun Liu and Wenxiang Yang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:48

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  7. To maximize photosynthetic efficiency, plants have evolved a capacity by which leaf area scales allometrically with leaf mass through interactions with the environment. However, our understanding of genetic co...

    Authors: Miaomiao Zhang, Shilong Zhang, Meixia Ye, Libo Jiang, C. Eduardo Vallejos and Rongling Wu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:29

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  8. Ethiopia has been considered as a center of diversity and the second possible center of domestication of durum wheat. Genetic diversity and population structure analysis in the existing Ethiopian durum wheat g...

    Authors: Admas Alemu, Tileye Feyissa, Tesfaye Letta and Bekele Abeyo

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:18

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  9. Wet direct-seeded rice is a possible alternative to conventional puddled transplanted rice; the former uses less water and reduces labor requirements. Improving seed reserve utilization efficiency (SRUE) is a ...

    Authors: Nour Ali, Dalu Li, Moaz S. Eltahawy, Dina Abdulmajid, Lal Bux, Erbao Liu, Xiaojing Dang and Delin Hong

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:4

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  10. Black cottonwood (Populus deltoides) is one of the keystone forest tree species, and has become the main breeding parents in poplar hybrid breeding. However, the genetic diversity and population structure of the ...

    Authors: Cun Chen, Yanguang Chu, Changjun Ding, Xiaohua Su and Qinjun Huang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2020 21:2

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  11. Peach (Prunus persica L.) is a diploid species and model plant of the Rosaceae family. In the past decade, significant progress has been made in peach genetic research via DNA markers, but the number of these mar...

    Authors: Liping Guan, Ke Cao, Yong Li, Jian Guo, Qiang Xu and Lirong Wang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:101

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  12. Grasslands in the Arctic tundra undergo irreversible degradation due to climatic changes and also over-exploitation and depletion of scarce resources. Comprehensive investigations of cytogenomic structures of ...

    Authors: Alexandra V. Amosova, Svyatoslav A. Zoshchuk, Alexander V. Rodionov, Lilit Ghukasyan, Tatiana E. Samatadze, Elizaveta O. Punina, Igor G. Loskutov, Olga Yu. Yurkevich and Olga V. Muravenko

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:92

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  13. The plant-specific Teosinte branched1/Cycloidea/Proliferating cell factor (TCP) family of transcription factors is involved in the regulation of cell growth and proliferation, performing diverse functions in p...

    Authors: Sarina Bao, Zhenxin Zhang, Qun Lian, Qinghua Sun and Ruofang Zhang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:91

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  14. In recent decades, the frequency of flooding is increasing with the change of global climate. Flooding has become one of the major abiotic stresses that seriously affect growth and development of plants. Triarrhe...

    Authors: Jia Wang, Han Sun, Jiajin Sheng, Surong Jin, Fasong Zhou, Zhongli Hu and Ying Diao

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:88

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  15. Rice (Oryza sativa L.) is one of the most important crops of the world and a major staple food for half of the World’s human population. The Northeastern (NE) region of India lies in the Indo-Burma biodiversity h...

    Authors: Vanlalsanga, S. Priyokumar Singh and Y. Tunginba Singh

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:79

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  16. Heading time is an important adaptive trait in durum wheat. In hexaploid wheat, Photoperiod-1 (Ppd) loci are essential regulators of heading time, with Ppd-B1 conferring photoperiod insensitivity through copy num...

    Authors: Tobias Würschum, Matthias Rapp, Thomas Miedaner, C. Friedrich H. Longin and Willmar L. Leiser

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:64

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  17. The ornamental crop Hydrangea macrophylla develops highly attractive lacecap (wild type) or mophead inflorescences. The mophead trait, which is mostly favored by consumers, is recessively inherited by the INFLORE...

    Authors: Conny Tränkner, Jörg Krüger, Stefan Wanke, Julia Naumann, Torsten Wenke and Frauke Engel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:60

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  18. Cabbage (Brassica oleracea var. capitata) is popular worldwide for consumption as a leafy vegetable. Premature flowering is triggered by low temperature, and deteriorates quality of cabbage as vegetable. In gener...

    Authors: Md. Abuyusuf, Ujjal Kumar Nath, Hoy-Taek Kim, Md. Rafiqul Islam, Jong-In Park and Ill-Sup Nou

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:42

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  19. The basic leucine zipper (bZIP) transcription factor is one of the most abundant and conserved transcription factor families. In addition to being involved in growth and development, bZIP transcription factors...

    Authors: Zhengmei Yang, Jian Sun, Yao Chen, Panpan Zhu, Lei Zhang, Shaoyuan Wu, Daifu Ma, Qinghe Cao, Zongyun Li and Tao Xu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:41

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  20. Stripe rust is a serious fungal disease of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) caused by Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici (Pst), which results in yield reduction and decreased grain quality. Breeding for genetic resi...

    Authors: Fangjie Yao, Xuemei Zhang, Xueling Ye, Jian Li, Li Long, Can Yu, Jing Li, Yuqi Wang, Yu Wu, Jirui Wang, Qiantao Jiang, Wei Li, Jian Ma, Yuming Wei, Youliang Zheng and Guoyue Chen

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:38

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  21. In Malaysia, the domestic water buffaloes (Bubalus bubalis) are classified into the swamp and the murrah buffaloes. Identification of these buffaloes is usually made via their phenotypic appearances. This study c...

    Authors: Nor ‘ Ammar Liyana Shaari, Marilyn Jaoi-Edward, Shu San Loo, Mohd Shahrom Salisi, Rosnina Yusoff, Nurul Izza Ab Ghani, Mohd Zamri Saad and Hafandi Ahmad

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:37

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  22. Heat shock proteins 90 (HSP90s) are a highly conserved protein family of cellular chaperones widely found in plants; they play a fundamental role in response to biotic and abiotic stresses. The genome-wide ana...

    Authors: Zhaopeng Song, Feilong Pan, Chao Yang, Hongfang Jia, Houlong Jiang, Fan He, Najia Li, Xiaochong Lu and Hongying Zhang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:35

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  23. Improving the gelatinization temperature (GT), gel consistency (GC) and amylose content (AC) for parental grain eating and cooking qualities (ECQs) are key factors for enhancing average grain ECQs for hybrid j...

    Authors: Hui Wang, Shangshang Zhu, Xiaojing Dang, Erbao Liu, Xiaoxiao Hu, Moaz Salah Eltahawy, Imdad Ullah Zaid and Delin Hong

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:34

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  24. The genus Ostrya (Betulaceae) contains eight species and four of them are distributed in China. However, studies based on limited informative sites of several chloroplast markers failed to resolve interspecific d...

    Authors: Yanyou Jiang, Yongzhi Yang, Zhiqiang Lu, Dongshi Wan and Guangpeng Ren

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:33

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  25. Common wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most important food crops worldwide. Wheat spike-layer uniformity related traits (SLURTs) were complex traits that directly affect yield potential and appearance....

    Authors: Chunhua Zhao, Na Zhang, Yongzhen Wu, Han Sun, Cheng Liu, Xiaoli Fan, Xuemei Yan, Hongxing Xu, Jun Ji and Fa Cui

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:23

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  26. The observation that many alien species become invasive despite low genetic diversity has long been considered the ‘genetic paradox’ in invasion biology. This paradox is often resolved through the temporal bui...

    Authors: Kenny Helsen, Jenny Hagenblad, Kamal P. Acharya, Jörg Brunet, Sara A. O. Cousins, Guillaume Decocq, Pieter De Frenne, Adam Kimberley, Annette Kolb, Jana Michaelis, Jan Plue, Kris Verheyen, James D. M. Speed and Bente J. Graae

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2019 20:20

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  27. Herbicide tolerance is an important trait that allows effective weed management in wheat crops. Genetic knowledge of metribuzin tolerance in wheat is needed to develop new cultivars for the industry. Here, we ...

    Authors: Roopali Bhoite, Ifeyinwa Onyemaobi, Ping Si, Kadambot H. M. Siddique and Guijun Yan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:102

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  28. Identifying genetic variations that shape important complex traits is fundamental to the genetic improvement of important forest tree species, such as loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.), which is one of the most comm...

    Authors: Mengmeng Lu, Candace M. Seeve, Carol A. Loopstra and Konstantin V. Krutovsky

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:100

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  29. Association study is a powerful means for identifying molecular markers, such as single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with important traits in forest trees. Catalpa fargesii Bur is a valuable commerc...

    Authors: Nan Lu, Fang Mei, Zhi Wang, Nan Wang, Yao Xiao, Lisheng Kong, Guanzheng Qu, Wenjun Ma and Junhui Wang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:99

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  30. Pod constriction is an important descriptive and agronomic trait of peanut. For the in-shell Virginia marketing-type, this trait has commercial importance as well, since deeply constricted pods have a tendency...

    Authors: Abhinandan S. Patil, Sigal Popovsky, Yael Levy, Ye Chu, Josh Clevenger, Peggy Ozias-Akins and Ran Hovav

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:93

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  31. Plectranthus edulis (Vatke) Agnew (locally known as Ethiopian dinich or Ethiopian potato) is one of the most economically important edible tuber crops indigenous to Ethiopia. Evaluating the extent of genetic dive...

    Authors: Fekadu Gadissa, Kassahun Tesfaye, Kifle Dagne and Mulatu Geleta

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:92

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  32. Hybridization and introgression are common phenomena among oak species. These processes can be beneficial by introducing favorable genetic variants across species (adaptive introgression). Given that drought i...

    Authors: Signem Oney-Birol, Sorel Fitz-Gibbon, Jin-Ming Chen, Paul F. Gugger and Victoria L. Sork

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:88

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  33. Genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers coupled with allele dosage information has emerged as a powerful tool for studying complex traits in cultivated autotetraploid potato (Solanum tuberosum L....

    Authors: Alicia N. Massa, Norma C. Manrique-Carpintero, Joseph Coombs, Kathleen G. Haynes, Paul C. Bethke, Tina L. Brandt, Sanjay K. Gupta, G. Craig Yencho, Richard G. Novy and David S. Douches

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:87

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  34. The ability of maize populations/landraces to tolerate drastically extreme environments over the past four centuries in Algeria leads to characterize these genetic resources for germplasm management as well as...

    Authors: Miyassa Meriem Aci, Antonio Lupini, Antonio Mauceri, Abdelkader Morsli, Lakhdar Khelifi and Francesco Sunseri

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:51

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  35. The Hessian fly response genes, Hfr-1 and Hfr-2, have been reported to be significantly induced in a Hessian fly attack. Nothing is known about the allelic variants of these two genes in susceptible (S) and resis...

    Authors: Mui-Keng Tan, Mustapha El-Bouhssini, Ossie Wildman, Wuletaw Tadesse, Grant Chambers, Shuming Luo and Livinus Emebiri

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:50

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  36. The changing climate and the desire to use renewable oil sources necessitate the development of new oilseed crops. Field cress (Lepidium campestre) is a species in the Brassicaceae family that has been targeted f...

    Authors: Cecilia Gustafsson, Jakob Willforss, Fernando Lopes-Pinto, Rodomiro Ortiz and Mulatu Geleta

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:36

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  37. Genomic selection (GS) can accelerate genetic gains in breeding programmes by reducing the time it takes to complete a cycle of selection. Puccinia coronata f. sp lolli (crown rust) is one of the most widespread ...

    Authors: Sai Krishna Arojju, Patrick Conaghan, Susanne Barth, Dan Milbourne, Michael D. Casler, Trevor R. Hodkinson, Thibauld Michel and Stephen L. Byrne

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:35

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  38. Snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus, “Faqqous”) is a traditional and ancient vegetable in the Mediterranean area. A collection of landraces from 42 grower fields in Israel and Palestinian territories was gro...

    Authors: Samer Omari, Yuri Kamenir, Jennifer I. C. Benichou, Sarah Pariente, Hanan Sela and Rafael Perl-Treves

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:34

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  39. A great interest exists in the production of hybrid plants of the genus Passiflora given the beauty and exotic features of its flowers which have ornamental value. Hybrid paternity confirmation is therefore impor...

    Authors: Gonçalo Santos Silva, Margarete Magalhães Souza, Cláusio Antônio Ferreira de Melo, Juan Domingo Urdampilleta and Eliana Regina Forni-Martins

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:26

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  40. The tertiary gene pool of bread wheat, to which Leymus racemosus belongs, has remained underutilized due to the current limited genomic resources of the species that constitute it. Continuous enrichment of public...

    Authors: Offiong Ukpong Edet, June-Sik Kim, Masanori Okamoto, Kousuke Hanada, Tomoyuki Takeda, Masahiro Kishii, Yasir Serag Alnor Gorafi and Hisashi Tsujimoto

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:18

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  41. Loropetalum subcordatum is an endangered species endemic to China that is characterized by narrow distribution, small population size, and delayed fertilization. However, the genetic diversity of the entire extan...

    Authors: Bai-Jun Li, Jie-Yu Wang, Zhong-Jian Liu, Xue-Ying Zhuang and Jiu-Xiang Huang

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:12

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  42. Plant elicitor peptides (Peps) are endogenous molecules that induce and amplify the first line of inducible plant defense, known as pattern-triggered immunity, contributing to protect plants against attack by ...

    Authors: Cristina Ruiz, Anna Nadal, Laura Foix, Laura Montesinos, Emilio Montesinos and Maria Pla

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:11

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  43. Lolium perenne L. is the most important forage grass species in temperate regions. It is also considered as a sustainable source of biomass for energy production. However, improvement in biomass yield has been li...

    Authors: Siyang Liu, Ulf Feuerstein, Wilbert Luesink, Sabine Schulze, Torben Asp, Bruno Studer, Heiko C. Becker and Klaus J. Dehmer

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:10

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  44. Late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) proteins are large groups of hydrophilic proteins with major role in drought and other abiotic stresses tolerance in plants. In-depth study and characterization of LEA protein...

    Authors: Richard Odongo Magwanga, Pu Lu, Joy Nyangasi Kirungu, Hejun Lu, Xingxing Wang, Xiaoyan Cai, Zhongli Zhou, Zhenmei Zhang, Haron Salih, Kunbo Wang and Fang Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:6

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  45. Balancing panicle-related traits such as panicle length and the numbers of primary and secondary branches per panicle, is key to improving the number of spikelets per panicle in rice. Identifying genetic infor...

    Authors: Su Jang, Yunjoo Lee, Gileung Lee, Jeonghwan Seo, Dongryung Lee, Yoye Yu, Joong Hyoun Chin and Hee-Jong Koh

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:5

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  46. Clarifying genetic diversity in a large germplasm resource plays important roles in experimental designs that provides flexible utility in fundamental research and breeding in crops. However, the work is limit...

    Authors: Qijun Xu, Xingquan Zeng, Bin Lin, Zeqing Li, Hongjun Yuan, Yulin Wang, Zhasang and Nyima Tashi

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:102

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  47. Assessment of genetic diversity of Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp (cowpea) accessions using informative molecular markers is imperative for their genetic improvement and conservation. Use of efficacious molecular ma...

    Authors: David Okeh Igwe, Celestine Azubike Afiukwa, Benjamin Ewa Ubi, Kenneth Idika Ogbu, Omena Bernard Ojuederie and George Nkem Ude

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:98

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  48. Seedling characteristics play significant roles in the growth and development of barley (Hordeum vulgare L.), including stable stand establishment, water and nutrients uptake, biotic resistance and abiotic stress...

    Authors: Qifei Wang, Genlou Sun, Xifeng Ren, Jibin Wang, Binbin Du, Chengdao Li and Dongfa Sun

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:94

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