J. S. Heslop-Harrison

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Comparative studies have provided the basis for some of the most important discoveries in biology. The study of differences, whether at the level of gene alleles or living kingdoms, has shown the critical features and function of most biological structures. The framework for comparative studies of organisms was perhaps laid out by the earliest taxonomists(More)
Repetitive DNA sequences in the terminal heterochromatin of rye (Secale cereale) chromosomes have consequences for the structural and functional organization of chromosomes. The large-scale genomic organization of these regions was studied using the telomeric repeat from Arabidopsis and clones of three nonhomologous, tandemly repeated, subtelomeric DNA(More)
Breeding and tissue culture of certain cultivars of bananas (Musa) have led to high levels of banana streak badnavirus (BSV) infection in progeny from symptomless parents. BSV DNA hybridized to genomic DNA of one such parent, Obino l'Ewai, suggesting integration of viral sequences. Sequencing of clones of Obino l'Ewai genomic DNA revealed an interface(More)
We have analysed a family of highly repetitive DNA from Arabidopsis arenosa (L.) Lawalrée [syn. Cardaminopsis arenosa (L.) Hayck] composed of AT-rich tandem repeats of 166–179 bp in head to tail organization. Sequence comparison between several repeat units revealed a high level of divergence of 4.5% to 25%. The sequence family shows more than 58% homology(More)
Microsatellites, tandem arrays of short (2-5 bp) nucleotide motifs, are present in high numbers in most eukaryotic genomes. We have characterized the physical distribution of microsatellites on chromosomes of sugar beet (Beta vulgaris L.). Each microsatellite sequence shows a characteristic genomic distribution and motif-dependent dispersion, with(More)
We examined the diversity, evolution, and genomic organization of retroelements in a wide range of gymnosperms. In total, 165 fragments of the reverse transcriptase (RT) gene domain were sequenced from PCR products using newly designed primers for gypsy-like retrotransposons and well-known primers for copia-like retrotransposons; representatives of long(More)
The physical location of the rDNA repeating units (25 S, 18 S and 5.8 S rRNA genes and the intergenic spacer sequences) was investigated in rye (Secale cereale L.) and wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) root tip meristematic cells by in situ hybridization using light and electron microscopy. The rDNA sequences are organized differently in the two related and(More)
Two contrasting genome-specific DNA sequences were isolated from Aegilops speltoides (wild goat grass) and Hordeum chilense (wild barley), each representing more than 1 % of the genomes. These repetitive DNA fragments were identified as being genome-specific before cloning by genomic Southern hybridization (using total genomic DNA as a probe), and hence(More)
Members of three prominent DNA families of Beta procumbens have been isolated as Sau3A repeats. Two families consisting of repeats of about 158 bp and 312 bp are organized as satellite DNAs (Sau3A satellites I and II), whereas the third family with a repeat length of 202 bp is interspersed throughout the genome. Multi-colour fluorescence in situ(More)