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Reprint of: Cytogenetic and Genome Research 2009, Vol. 126, No. 1-2
Molecular and Evolutionary Cytogenetics of Domestic Animals is dedicated to the Indian scientist Parvathi K. Basrur, who initiated her creative and productive scientific career in India during the early 1950s. As a prominent founder of veterinary cytogenetics, for almost 60 years she has been fascinated by the magic of chromosomes focusing on animal health, reproduction and response to environmental exposure to toxins, carcinogens and clastogens. She is internationally recognized not only as a pioneer in the field of veterinary cytogenetics, but also as a teacher, mentor and founder of the veterinary genetics curriculum in the Canadian Veterinary Colleges. Parvathi K. Basrur is also known as an ambassador for the promotion of research and training in reproduction, veterinary genetics and cytogenetics.
The following collection of papers illustrates the renewed interest in and importance of the discipline among an elite group of scientists working around the world. It covers both basic and applied aspects of animal chromosome and genome studies providing the scientific community with a timely compendium. All biologist involved in domestic and nondomestic animal cytology and cytogenetics, scientists interested in genomes of domestic animal species, and students from agricultural and veterinary faculties will benefit from this special topic issue.