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Genetics. Sep 2002; 162(1): 321–330.
PMCID: PMC1462270

The first comprehensive genetic linkage map of a marsupial: the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii).


The production of a marsupial genetic linkage map is perhaps one of the most important objectives in marsupial research. This study used a total of 353 informative meioses and 64 genetic markers to construct a framework genetic linkage map for the tammar wallaby (Macropus eugenii). Nearly all markers (93.8%) formed a significant linkage (LOD > 3.0) with at least one other marker, indicating that the majority of the genome had been mapped. In fact, when compared with chiasmata data, >70% (828 cM) of the genome has been covered. Nine linkage groups were identified, with all but one (LG7; X-linked) allocated to the autosomes. These groups ranged in size from 15.7 to 176.5 cM and have an average distance of 16.2 cM between adjacent markers. Of the autosomal linkage groups (LGs), LG2 and LG3 were assigned to chromosome 1 and LG4 localized to chromosome 3 on the basis of physical localization of genes. Significant sex-specific distortions toward reduced female recombination rates were revealed in 22% of comparisons. When comparing the X chromosome data to closely related species it is apparent that they are conserved in both synteny and gene order.

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