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Structural variability in plant genomes. The case of Cucurbits.

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Cucurbitaceae is a family of plant species that is of interest for a number of scientific, economic and social reasons. Melon, cucumber, watermelon and squashes are the best known species in the family. Genome sequences from them are being published and they allow analysing the genomic bases of traits of interest. These genomes are of intermediate size (300-400 Mbases), annotation programmes identify around 27000 genes and no evidence for recent genome duplications is found. By resequencing the genomes of melon varieties and comparing the genomes of related species it is possible to study specific regions of high variability such as those formed by cluster of sequences with similarity to resistance genes. In this way hypotheses about how different mechanisms of genomic variability exist in different species may be formulated.

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