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FEBS Lett. 2000 Feb 25;468(2-3):109-14.

Vertebrate pseudogenes.

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  • 1Molecular Medicine Unit, The University of Leeds, Clinical Sciences Building, St. James's University Hospital, Leeds, UK.


Pseudogenes are commonly encountered during investigation of the genomes of a wide range of life forms. This review concentrates on vertebrate, and in particular mammalian, pseudogenes and describes their origin and subsequent evolution. Consideration is also given to pseudogenes that are transcribed and to the unusual group of genes that exist at the interface between functional genes and non-functional pseudogenes. As the sequences of different genomes are characterised, the recognition and interpretation of pseudogene sequences will become more important and have a greater impact in the field of molecular genetics.

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