Wednesday, January 30, 2013

"Same gene linked to bigger brains of dolphins and primates"

Here is my potluck for the comparative genomics intro class!

Basically it's about the ASPM gene (one of the 7 genes linked to primate intelligence) that is found in primates and many cetaceans that leads to development of the neuron network of a developing embryo.  They have found at least 2 areas of positive selection among primates and dolphins but not other mammals (or any that are specific to just humans).

Michael Cruciger

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