The comprehensive analysis of the genome sequence of the plant Arabidopsis thaliana has been completed recently. The genome sequence and associated analyses provide the foundations for rapid progress in many fields of plant research, such as the exploitation of genetic variation in Arabidopsis ecotypes, the assessment of the transcriptome and proteome, and the association of genome changes at the sequence level with evolutionary processes. Nevertheless, genome sequencing and analysis are only the first steps towards a new plant biology. Much remains to be done to refine the analysis of encoded genes, to define the functions of encoded proteins systematically, and to establish new generations of databases to capture and relate diverse data sets generated in widely distributed laboratories.
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- Plant Science