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Sex and death in birds: A model of dosage compensation that predicts lethality of sex chromosome aneuploids

Graves, Jennifer


Birds show female heterogamety, with ZZ males and ZW females. It is still not clear whether the W is female-determining, or whether two doses of the Z chromosomes are male-determining, or both. This question could easily be settled by the sexual phenotypes of ZZW and ZO birds, in the same way that the sexual phenotypes of XXY and XO showed that the Y is male determining in humans, but that the dosage of an X-borne gene determines sex in Drosophila. However, despite extensive searches, no ZZW or...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Cytogenetic and Genome Research
DOI: 10.1159/000074349


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