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Subject: Re: [DNA] Re: Testing my hypothesis sooner ... a way it could be done
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2005 19:21:08 EST
In a message dated 01/16/05 1:20:08 PM Pacific Standard Time,
writes (quoting me):
> "The question is whether there is such a gene (or genes)
> located on the Y-chromosome, so that all straight male-line descendants,
> even many generations down the road, will inherit it."
> Doesn't the work by the Whitehead Institute and Washington University
> reported in Nature, June 19, 2003 indicate that the Y-chromosome has some
> important genes concerned with reproduction in the male specific area?
Sure, but earlier I made a distinction between genes involved in sperm
production and genes with more general functions required by both sexes:
"It could be something functional, but this I find harder to imagine. If
there is a Y-linked gene that influences the efficiency of
copying/proof-reading/repairing DNA, then half of the world is denied access to this tool. No fair!
Of course, the Y has been sequenced so recently that there are newly discovered
genes with no known function, but I would expect most of them to be connected
with male-specific duties like making sperm, not general housekeeping tasks
like DNA duplication."
Ann Turner - GENEALOGY-DNA List Administrator
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