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TitleMolecular Dissection of Quantitative Traits - Progress and Prospects
Authors Paterson, A. H.
PublicationGenome Res 5: 321-333
AbstractQTL mapping is an increasingly useful approach to the study and manipulation of complex traits important in agriculture, evolution, and medicine. The molecular dissection of quantitative phenotypes, supplementing the principles of classical quantitative genetics, is accelerating progress in the manipulation of plant and animal genomes. A growing appreciation of the similarities among different organisms and the usefulness of comparative genetic information is making genome analysis more efficient, and providing new opportunities for using model systems to overcome the limitations of less-favorable systems. The expanding repertoire of techniques and information available for studying heredity is removing obstacles to the cloning of QTLs. Although QTL mapping alone is limited to a resolution of 0.1%-1.0% of a genome, use of QTL mapping in conjunction with a search for mapped candidate genes, with emerging technologies for isolation of genes expressed under conditions likely to account for the quantitative phenotype, and with ever more efficient megabase DNA manipulation and characterization bodes well for the prospect of isolating the genetic determinants of QTLs in the foreseeable future. In the words of Thoday (1961), "An extensive attack on quantitative genetics made from this point of view as well as the biometric approach should be a great help in answering questions concerning the nature of polygenes...."

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