The genome of Apis mellifera: dialog between linkage mapping and sequence assembly

Genome Biol. 2007;8(3):403. doi: 10.1186/gb-2007-8-3-403.


Two independent genome projects for the honey bee, a microsatellite linkage map and a genome sequence assembly, interactively produced an almost complete organization of the euchromatic genome. Assembly 4.0 now includes 626 scaffolds that were ordered and oriented into chromosomes according to the framework provided by the third-generation linkage map (AmelMap3). Each construct was used to control the quality of the other. The co-linearity of markers in the sequence and the map is almost perfect and argues in favor of the high quality of both.

Publication types

  • Letter
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Bees / genetics*
  • Chromosome Mapping / methods*
  • Genome*
  • Microsatellite Repeats