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  1. Content type: Correction

    The original version of this article [1], published on 5 January 2018, contained 3 formatting errors. In this Correction the affected parts of the article are shown. The original article has been updated.

    Authors: Ling-Yun Chang, Sajjad Toghiani, Ashley Ling, Sammy E. Aggrey and Romdhane Rekaya

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:13

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    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2018 19:4

  2. Content type: Research article

    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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  3. Content type: Research article

    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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  4. Content type: Research article

    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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  5. Content type: Research article

    Study of epigenetics is currently a high-impact research topic. Multi stage methylation is also an area of high-dimensional prospect. In this article, we provide a new study (intra and inter-species study) on ...

    Authors: Ujjwal Maulik, Sagnik Sen, Saurav Mallik and Sanghamitra Bandyopadhyay

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:9

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Diversity in crops is fundamental for plant breeding efforts. An accurate assessment of genetic diversity, using molecular markers, such as single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP), must be able to reveal the stru...

    Authors: Martin E. Tagliotti, Sofia I. Deperi, Maria C. Bedogni, Ruofang Zhang, Norma C. Manrique Carpintero, Joseph Coombs, David Douches and Marcelo A. Huarte

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:8

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  7. Content type: Research article

    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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  8. Content type: Research article

    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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  9. Content type: Methodology article

    The development of next-generation sequencing technologies has facilitated the identification of rare variants. Family-based design is commonly used to effectively control for population admixture and substruc...

    Authors: Yumei Li, Yang Xiang, Chao Xu, Hui Shen and Hongwen Deng

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:7

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The availability of high-density (HD) marker panels, genome wide variants and sequence data creates an unprecedented opportunity to dissect the genetic basis of complex traits, enhance genomic selection (GS) a...

    Authors: Ling-Yun Chang, Sajjad Toghiani, Ashley Ling, Sammy E. Aggrey and Romdhane Rekaya

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:4

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Genetics 2018 19:13

  11. Content type: Research article

    The swimming crab Portunus trituberculatus is one of the most commonly farmed crustaceans in China. As one of the most widely known and high-value edible crabs, it crab supports large crab fishery and aquaculture...

    Authors: Zhengfei Wang, Linxia Sun, Weibing Guan, Chunlin Zhou, Boping Tang, Yongxu Cheng, Jintian Huang and Fujun Xuan

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:3

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  12. Content type: Research article

    Salinity has a significant impact on rice production in coastal, arid and semi-arid areas in many countries, including countries growing temperate rice, such as Kazakhstan. Recently, the complete genomes of 30...

    Authors: Dariga Batayeva, Benedick Labaco, Changrong Ye, Xiaolin Li, Bakdaulet Usenbekov, Aiman Rysbekova, Gulzhamal Dyuskalieva, Georgina Vergara, Russell Reinke and Hei Leung

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:2

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  13. Content type: Research article

    Bangladesh lies in the global thalassemia belt, which has a defined mutational hot-spot in the beta-globin gene. The high carrier frequencies of beta-thalassemia trait and hemoglobin E-trait in Bangladesh nece...

    Authors: Md Tarikul Islam, Suprovath Kumar Sarkar, Nusrat Sultana, Mst. Noorjahan Begum, Golam Sarower Bhuyan, Shezote Talukder, A. K. M. Muraduzzaman, Md Alauddin, Mohammad Sazzadul Islam, Pritha Promita Biswas, Aparna Biswas, Syeda Kashfi Qadri, Tahmina Shirin, Bilquis Banu, Salma Sadya, Manzoor Hussain…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2018 19:1

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  14. Content type: Research

    Many mammals are well adapted to surviving in extremely cold environments. These species have likely accumulated genetic changes that help them efficiently cope with low temperatures. It is not known whether t...

    Authors: Nikolay S. Yudin, Denis M. Larkin and Elena V. Ignatieva

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):111

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  15. Content type: Research

    The history of human populations occupying the plains and mountain ridges separating Europe from Asia has been eventful, as these natural obstacles were crossed westward by multiple waves of Turkic and Uralic-...

    Authors: Petr Triska, Nikolay Chekanov, Vadim Stepanov, Elza K. Khusnutdinova, Ganesh Prasad Arun Kumar, Vita Akhmetova, Konstantin Babalyan, Eugenia Boulygina, Vladimir Kharkov, Marina Gubina, Irina Khidiyatova, Irina Khitrinskaya, Ekaterina E. Khrameeva, Rita Khusainova, Natalia Konovalova, Sergey Litvinov…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):110

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  16. Content type: Research

    Neuropilin and tolloid-like 2 (NETO2) is a single-pass transmembrane protein that has been shown primarily implicated in neuron-specific processes. Upregulation of NETO2 gene was also detected in several cancer t...

    Authors: Maria S. Fedorova, Anastasiya V. Snezhkina, Elena A. Pudova, Ivan S. Abramov, Anastasiya V. Lipatova, Sergey L. Kharitonov, Asiya F. Sadritdinova, Kirill M. Nyushko, Kseniya M. Klimina, Mikhail M. Belyakov, Elena N. Slavnova, Nataliya V. Melnikova, Maria A. Chernichenko, Dmitry V. Sidorov, Marina V. Kiseleva, Andrey D. Kaprin…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):117

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  17. Content type: Research

    The utilization of biological data to infer the geographic origins of human populations has been a long standing quest for biologists and anthropologists. Several biogeographical analysis tools have been devel...

    Authors: Ranajit Das and Priyanka Upadhyai

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):109

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Genetics 2018 19:96

  18. Content type: Research

    In rice, a variant of DEP1 gene results in erect panicle architecture, well-developed vascular bundles, an increase in the number of grains per panicle and a consequent increase in the grain yield. Interestingly,...

    Authors: Valeriya Vavilova, Irina Konopatskaia, Anastasia E. Kuznetsova, Alexandr Blinov and Nikolay P. Goncharov

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):106

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  19. Content type: Research

    Copy Number Variation (CNV) of the human CNTN6 gene (encoding the contactin-6 protein), caused by deletions or duplications, is responsible for severe neurodevelopmental impairments, often in combination with fac...

    Authors: Alexei N. Korablev, Irina A. Serova and Oleg L. Serov

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18(Suppl 1):112

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    This article is part of a Supplement: Volume 18 Supplement 1

  20. Content type: Methodology article

    Accurate imputation plays a major role in genomic studies of livestock industries, where the number of genotyped or sequenced animals is limited by costs. This study explored methods to create an ideal referen...

    Authors: Steven G. Larmer, Mehdi Sargolzaei, Luiz F. Brito, Ricardo V. Ventura and Flávio S. Schenkel

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:120

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  21. Content type: Research article

    Drought is the most disastrous abiotic stress that severely affects agricultural productivity worldwide. Understanding the biological basis of drought-regulated traits, requires identification and an in-depth ...

    Authors: Adugna Abdi Woldesemayat, Peter Van Heusden, Bongani K. Ndimba and Alan Christoffels

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:119

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  22. Content type: Methodology article

    Weighted genetic risk scores (GRS), defined as weighted sums of risk alleles of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), are statistically powerful for detection gene-environment (GxE) interactions. To assign w...

    Authors: Anke Hüls, Ursula Krämer, Christopher Carlsten, Tamara Schikowski, Katja Ickstadt and Holger Schwender

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:115

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  23. Content type: Correction

    After the publication of this work [1] an error was noticed in one of the author surnames. The author name Leif Anderson should be spelt as Leif Andersson.

    Authors: Eyal Seroussi, Frédérique Pitel, Sophie Leroux, Mireille Morisson, Susanne Bornelöv, Shoval Miyara, Sara Yosefi, Larry A. Cogburn, David W. Burt, Leif Andersson and Miriam Friedman-Einat

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:113

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    The original article was published in BMC Genetics 2017 18:77

  24. Content type: Research article

    Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common degenerative joint disease afflicting people in the Western world and has a strong genetic influence. The aim of this study was to examine the association of two known fu...

    Authors: Mari Taipale, Svetlana Solovieva, Päivi Leino-Arjas and Minna Männikkö

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:108

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  25. Content type: Research article

    Genomic selection (GS) uses genome-wide markers as an attempt to accelerate genetic gain in breeding programs of both animals and plants. This approach is particularly useful for perennial crops such as oil pa...

    Authors: Qi Bin Kwong, Chee Keng Teh, Ai Ling Ong, Fook Tim Chew, Sean Mayes, Harikrishna Kulaveerasingam, Martti Tammi, Suat Hui Yeoh, David Ross Appleton and Jennifer Ann Harikrishna

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:107

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  26. Content type: Research article

    Coronary artery calcified atherosclerotic plaque (CAC) predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD). Despite exposure to more severe conventional CVD risk factors, African Americans (AAs) are less likely to develop C...

    Authors: Jasmin Divers, Nicholette D. Palmer, Carl D. Langefeld, W. Mark Brown, Lingyi Lu, Pamela J. Hicks, S. Carrie Smith, Jianzhao Xu, James G. Terry, Thomas C. Register, Lynne E. Wagenknecht, John S. Parks, Lijun Ma, Gary C. Chan, Sarah G. Buxbaum, Adolfo Correa…

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:105

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  27. Content type: Research article

    Repeat breeding, which is defined as cattle failure to conceive after three or more inseminations in the absence of clinical abnormalities, is a substantial problem in cattle breeding. To identify maternal gen...

    Authors: Taichi Arishima, Shinji Sasaki, Tomohiro Isobe, Yoshihisa Ikebata, Shinichi Shimbara, Shogo Ikeda, Keisuke Kawashima, Yutaka Suzuki, Manabu Watanabe, Sumio Sugano, Kazunori Mizoshita and Yoshikazu Sugimoto

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:103

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  28. Content type: Methodology article

    When testing for SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) associations in related individuals, observations are not independent. Simple linear regression assuming independent normally distributed residuals results...

    Authors: Arnd Gross, Anke Tönjes and Markus Scholz

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:104

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  29. Content type: Research article

    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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  30. Content type: Methodology article

    Breeding programs often rely on marker-assisted tests or variant calling of next generation sequence (NGS) data to identify regions of genomic introgression arising from the hybridization of two plant species....

    Authors: Daniel J. Shea, Motoki Shimizu, Namiko Nishida, Eigo Fukai, Takashi Abe, Ryo Fujimoto and Keiichi Okazaki

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:101

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  31. Content type: Research article

    Researchers have been exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying the control of periodontal ligament stem cell (PDLSC) osteogenic differentiation. Recently, long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular RNAs (...

    Authors: Xiuge Gu, Mengying Li, Ye Jin, Dongxu Liu and Fulan Wei

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:100

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  32. Content type: Research article

    Current professional society guidelines recommend genetic carrier screening be offered on the basis of ethnicity, or when using expanded carrier screening panels, they recommend to compute residual risk based ...

    Authors: Roman Shraga, Sarah Yarnall, Sonya Elango, Arun Manoharan, Sally Ann Rodriguez, Sara L. Bristow, Neha Kumar, Mohammad Niknazar, David Hoffman, Shahin Ghadir, Rita Vassena, Serena H. Chen, Avner Hershlag, Jamie Grifo and Oscar Puig

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:99

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  33. Content type: Research article

    Populations of the earthworm, Lumbricus rubellus, are commonly found across highly contaminated former mine sites and are considered to have under-gone selection for mitigating metal toxicity. Comparison of adapt...

    Authors: Craig Anderson, Luis Cunha, Pierfrancesco Sechi, Peter Kille and David Spurgeon

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:97

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  34. Content type: Research article

    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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  35. Content type: Research article

    Ritodrine, a tocolytic β2-agonist, has been used extensively in Europe and Asia despite its safety concerns. This study was designed to identify associations between β2-adrenergic receptor (ADRB2) polymorphisms a...

    Authors: Jee Eun Chung, Soo An Choi, Han Sung Hwang, Jin Young Park, Kyung Eun Lee, Jeong Yee, Young Ju Kim and Hye Sun Gwak

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:96

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  36. Content type: Research article

    Crucian carp is a popular ornamental strain in Asia with variants in body color. To further explore the genetic mechanisms underlying gray and red body color formation in crucian carp, the skin transcriptomes ...

    Authors: Yongqin Zhang, Jinhui Liu, Wen Fu, Wenting Xu, Huiqin Zhang, Shujuan Chen, Wenbin Liu, Liangyue Peng and Yamei Xiao

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:95

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  37. Content type: Research article

    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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  38. Content type: Methodology article

    Undirected graphical models or Markov random fields have been a popular class of models for representing conditional dependence relationships between nodes. In particular, Markov networks help us to understand...

    Authors: Hosik Choi, Jungsoo Gim, Sungho Won, You Jin Kim, Sunghoon Kwon and Changyi Park

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:93

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  39. Content type: Research article

    Drosophila suzukii is a highly destructive pest species, causing substantial economic losses in soft fruit production. To better understand migration patterns, gene flow and adaptation...

    Authors: Gabriella Tait, Silvia Vezzulli, Fabiana Sassù, Gloria Antonini, Antonio Biondi, Nuray Baser, Giorgia Sollai, Alessandro Cini, Lorenzo Tonina, Lino Ometto and Gianfranco Anfora

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:87

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  40. Content type: Research article

    Sudan is endowed with a variety of indigenous goat breeds which are used for meat and milk production and which are well adapted to the local environment. The aim of the present study was to determine the gene...

    Authors: Siham A. Rahmatalla, Danny Arends, Monika Reissmann, Ammar Said Ahmed, Klaus Wimmers, Henry Reyer and Gudrun A. Brockmann

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:92

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  41. Content type: Methodology article

    For dichotomous traits, the generalized disequilibrium test with the moment estimate of the variance (GDT-ME) is a powerful family-based association method. Genomic imprinting is an important epigenetic phenom...

    Authors: Jian-Long Li, Peng Wang, Wing Kam Fung and Ji-Yuan Zhou

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:90

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  42. Content type: Research article

    Borassus flabellifer or Asian Palmyra palm is an important crop for local economies in the South and Southeast Asia for its fruit and palm sugar production. Archeological and historica...

    Authors: Kwanjai Pipatchartlearnwong, Akarapong Swatdipong, Supachai Vuttipongchaikij and Somsak Apisitwanich

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:88

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  43. Content type: Research article

    Previous studies in the Norwegian pig breeds Landrace and Duroc have revealed a QTL for levels of skatole located in the region 74.7–80.5 Mb on SSC7. Skatole is one of the main components causing boar taint, w...

    Authors: Maren van Son, Matthew P. Kent, Harald Grove, Rahul Agarwal, Hanne Hamland, Sigbjørn Lien and Eli Grindflek

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:85

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  44. Content type: Research article

    Allotetraploid F1 hybrids (4nF1) (AABB, 4n = 148) were generated from the distant hybridization of Carassius auratus red var. (RCC) (AA, 2n = 100) (♀) × Megalobrama amblycephala (BSB) (BB, 2n = 48) (♂). It has be...

    Authors: Y. D. Wang, Q. B. Qin, R. Yang, W. Z. Sun, Q. W. Liu, Y. Y. Huo, X. Huang, M. Tao, C. Zhang, T. Li and S. J. Liu

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:86

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  45. Content type: Research article

    Recent advances in the mapping of biochemical traits have been reported in Lolium perenne. Although the mapped traits, including individual sugars and fatty acids, contribute greatly towards ruminant productivity...

    Authors: Alexandre Foito, Christine Anne Hackett, Derek Stewart, Janaki Velmurugan, Dan Milbourne, Stephen L. Byrne and Susanne Barth

    Citation: BMC Genetics 2017 18:84

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