Q: Chromosome number

Tim Taylor timt at aisb.ed.ac.uk
Mon Dec 4 05:32:44 EST 1995


I don't know very much about genetics, and would like to know the
answer to the following question: Is there any particular reason
(from a genetic point of view) why the genome of most species is
divided into a number of distinct chromosomes? Do certain 
chromosomes (other than the sex chromosomes) contain information
about distinct aspects of the developmental process/phenotype,
or do they all seem to contain a wide variety of genes? What are
the evolutionary implications of having a high chromosome number?

Any answers or suggestions much appreciated,



Tim Taylor, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh
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