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From: "Dale E. Reddick" <>
Subject: [DNA] Unscrambling the Gibbon Genome - perhaps some lessons forhuman genetic genealogy?
Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 16:10:37 -0500


Hi Folks,

I found this through the Total E-Clips news service. Some new lessons
regarding genome rearrangement may be learned from this study of a
non-human primate that is a relatively close relative of humans.
However, the gibbons ("Lesser Apes") are so different from the "Great
Apes" and humans in terms of behavior, anatomical specializations, and
genetic scrambling as to make a comparative study of their genetics
possibly quite rewarding.

"While the genomes of humans and other primates still resemble those of
their common ancestor, the massive genomic scrambling of the gibbon
genome has rendered it a complex puzzle. Solving that puzzle, scientists
believe, could help reveal how evolution experiments with genomic
rearrangement, as well as how chromosomes can become unstable in cancer
and other genetic diseases."

Dale E. Reddick
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

February 16, 2007

Unscrambling the Gibbon Genome

“In the primate line, the amount of rearrangement between species is
relatively minor, but the gibbon has always been an outlier, with a
rapidly evolving genome.”

http://www.hhmi.org/news/eichler20070216.html



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