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Stalking the Wild Mustard

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2055-2057
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2055

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Arabidopsis thaliana is not just for plant biologists anymore. A few intrepid ecologists and evolutionary biologists are now touting its merits as a system in which to study the genetic basis of the traits they study. The newly completed genome sequence is allowing researchers to connect the genotype--an organism's particular mix of genes--with its phenotype--how that organism develops and acts--in ways that have not been possible in other organisms whose genetics are not as well known.