The Promise of Comparative Genomics in Mammals
Dense genetic maps of human, mouse, and rat genomes that are based on coding genes and on microsatellite and single-nucleotide polymorphism markers have been complemented by precise gene homolog alignment with moderate-resolution maps of livestock, companion animals, and additional mammal species. Comparative genetic assessment expands the utility of these maps in gene discovery, in functional genomics, and in tracking the evolutionary forces that sculpted the genome organization of modern mammalian species.
O'Brien, Stephen J.; Marilyn Menotti-Raymond; William J. Murphy; William Nash; Johannes Wienberg; Roscoe Stanyon; Neal G. Copeland; Nancy A. Jenkins; James E. Womack; and Jennifer A. Marshall Graves. 1999. "The Promise of Comparative Genomics in Mammals." Science 286, (5439): 458-462, +479-481. http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cnso_bio_facarticles/644