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Trends Genet. 1995 May;11(5):195-200.

The elusive fertility genes of Drosophila: the ultimate haven for selfish genetic elements.

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Department of Microbiology and Evolutionary Biology, Faculty of Science, Catholic University of Nijmegen, Toernooiveld, The Netherlands.

Abstract

The Y chromosomes of Drosophila are necessary for male fertility. They carry giant genes that have some unconventional properties besides controlling the motility of the spermatozoa. Classical genetic and molecular studies suggest that evolution has favoured the close association between these genes and repetitive DNA sequences with 'selfish' traits.

PMID:
7785079
DOI:
10.1016/S0168-9525(00)89043-5
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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