mentioned in the cat and, in addition, it has behavioral and morphologic traits of interest, which the cats don’t have.”

Finally, Harris Lewin proposed a couple of longshot candidates for sequencing. “I will put a plug in here for fish, because fish really are an incredibly powerful tool for genetic mapping. You can get down to a half centimorgan (unit for measuring the recombination frequency in DNA) resolution and there are several groups around the world that are interested in the fine mapping (high resolution genome mapping) of traits with fish.”

“I’ll add that the honeybee is an incredibly interesting model for fine mapping, because it has a very high recombination rate. One centimorgan is about 50 kilobases (50,000 nucleotides), which is an incredible tool. It has a very short generation interval as well, which is a powerful tool for fine mapping of quantitative trait loci. I think that we may see a big push to sequence the honeybee genome as well in the next few years.”

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