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The ZW sex microchromosomes of an Australian dragon lizard share no homology with those of other reptiles or birds

Ezaz, Tariq; Moritz, Benjamin; Waters, Paul; Graves, Jennifer; Georges, Arthur; Sarre, Stephen


Reptiles show a diverse array of sex chromosomal systems but, remarkably, the Z sex chromosomes of chicken are homologous to the ZW sex chromosomes of a species of gecko, Gekko hokouensis, suggesting an ancient but common origin. This is in contrast to the ZW sex chromosomes of snakes and a species of soft-shelled turtle, Pelodiscus sinensis, which are nonhomologous to those of chicken or each other and appear to have been independently derived. In this paper, we determine what homology, if...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Chromosome Research
DOI: 10.1007/s10577-009-9102-6


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