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June 18, 2003

Y chromosomal weirdness

The Y chromosome has some interesting tricks up its sleeve to not get turned into a totally mutated wack.

Posted by razib at 08:22 PM

"In the case of the Y, the alignment of the palindromic sequences leads to gene conversion. A mutated gene on one arm of the palindrome can be converted to the undamaged sequence preserved on the other arm.

This narcissistic process of salvation by palindrome seems to be what has saved men from extinction so far."

Men's narcissism saves them? I could have told you that :p

Posted by: duende at June 19, 2003 08:32 AM

More difference between genes of men and women than between genes of humans and chimps.

And I would have predicted that. Vive la difference.

Posted by: Dick Thompson at June 19, 2003 11:41 AM