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Globin genes on the move

Ross C Hardison

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Center for Comparative Genomics and Bioinformatics, Huck Institutes of Life Sciences and Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802, USA

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Journal of Biology 2008, 7:35  doi:10.1186/jbiol92

Published: 20 November 2008


Recent data published in BMC Biology from the globin gene clusters in platypus, together with data from other species, show that β-globin genes transposed from one chromosomal location to another. This resolves some controversies about vertebrate globin gene evolution but ignites new ones.