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Relationships between vertebrate ZW and XY Sex Chromosome Systems

Ezaz, Tariq; Stiglec, Rami; Veyrunes, Frederic; Graves, Jennifer

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The peculiar cytology and unique evolution of sex chromosomes raise many fundamental questions. Why and how sex chromosomes evolved has been debated over a century since H.J. Muller suggested that sex chromosome pairs evolved ultimately from a pair of autosomes. This theory was adapted to explain variations in the snake ZW chromosome pair and later the mammal XY. S. Ohno pointed out similarities between the mammal X and the bird/reptile Z chromosomes forty years ago, but his speculation that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/37887
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2006.08.021

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