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Learning from genetic fossils on the Y chromosome

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posted on 2013-09-24, 22:32 authored by Melissa Wilson SayresMelissa Wilson Sayres, Kateryna D. Makova

Mammalian X and Y evolved from a pair of homologous autosomes. In the absence of X-Y recombination, caused by a series of inversions on the Y chromosome, the Y lost much of its gene content. Are some types of genes more likely to be lost? Is it possible to predict the fate of Y-linked genes?