Title: ``Applying Comparative Genomics''
Speakers: Dr. Scott Jackson and Dr. Cliff Weil (Department of Agronomy, Purdue University)
Place: LILLY G126; Tuesday, 4:30pm


As more and more plant genomes become better characterized, comparing gene sequences, gene order and overall genome organization between species have become powerful tools. Important similarities among genomes have emerged that permit rapid identification, isolation and study of a gene in a variety of crops if the sequence of that gene is known for a related species. Two important features of comparative genomics ongoing in our laboratories have been comparative physical mapping among related plants and the application of bioinformatics for one species to reverse genetics and protein structure/function studies in another.