syntheny or synteny

Bernie Cohen b.l.cohen at
Mon Jul 24 16:02:09 EST 2000

In article <Pine.SOL.3.96.1000724164745.22585Y-100000 at thale>, Keith
Bradnam <keith at> wrote:

> On Mon, 24 Jul 2000, csc wrote:
> > which is correct ?
> If you are referring to conservation of gene order, it is synteny.
The term "Synteny" was invented by my late colleague J. H. Renwick. It was
intended to refer to genes in the same DNA or chromosome strand, hence the
"-teny" root, its inspiration being the fact that there existed no word to
express the relationship between genes that are in the same strand but do
not show genetic linkage (Renwick's special interest). It was not intended
to refer to gene order as such.

Bernie Cohen
Division of Molecular Genetics
University of Glasgow
e-mail: b.l.cohen at

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