Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pot Luck 1/30/2012

Similar to our reading for this week the article I found focuses on the study of the genomes of humans chimpanzees, macaques, and the orangutan. This research focused on the difference of transposable elements between the sex chromosomes. The primates genomes and these transposable elements are able to tell us more about human diseases. One example the author gave was how the movement of the transposable elements can help explain variations in diseases such as cancer. Because the transposable elements are seen in higher frequencies on the sex chromosome, it is possible that differences in these transposable elements could be determined by gender. The study showed that the Alus integrates more frequently with the Y chromosome while L1s is more balanced.

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