Posts Tagged ‘primate’

Human chimp increase in segmental duplications

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Our results suggest that the evolutionary properties of copy-number mutation differ significantly from other forms of genetic mutation and, in contrast to the hominid slowdown of single-base-pair mutations, there has been a genomic burst of duplication activity at this period during human evolution.

This is a paper on increased rates of segmental duplications along the lineage to human and chimp.
This should have some implications for pseudogene numbers between organisms.