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A Draft Sequence for the Genome of the Domesticated Silkworm (Bombyx mori)

Science  10 Dec 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5703, pp. 1937-1940
DOI: 10.1126/science.1102210

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Abstract

We report a draft sequence for the genome of the domesticated silkworm (Bombyx mori), covering 90.9% of all known silkworm genes. Our estimated gene count is 18,510, which exceeds the 13,379 genes reported for Drosophila melanogaster. Comparative analyses to fruitfly, mosquito, spider, and butterfly reveal both similarities and differences in gene content.

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