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Mol Gen Genet. 1988 Mar;211(3):541-4.

Ribosomal DNA inheritance and recombination in Neurospora crassa.

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Biology Department, Reed College, Portland, OR 97202.


The genetic segregation of ribosomal DNA (rDNA) in Neurospora crassa was analyzed by exploiting restriction fragment length polymorphisms in the nontranscribed spacer (NTS) sequences of nine laboratory wild-type strains and wild-collected strains. In an analysis of random spore progeny from seven crosses, and of ordered tetrads from two of those crosses the rDNA was shown to be inherited in a simple, stable Mendelian fashion, exhibiting an approximately 1:1 ratio of the two parental rDNA types. No meiotic recombinants were detected among the progeny, indicating that non-sister-chromatid crossing over is highly suppressed in the rDNA region. The basis for this suppression of meiotic recombination is not known.

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