Chromosomes

Kaywan Mansubi kmansubi at runner.ucdavis.edu
Wed Oct 27 01:34:35 EST 1999


Maybe plants and animals other than us with more chromosomes are advanced
in ways we can't comprehend. Dogs have what some might call extrasensory
perception, for instance. The way I see it the more chromosomes you have
the greater potential (considering not all parts of the dna are
expressive) to create a wider array of proteins. I wonder if any thought
has gone into this?

Of course this is probably too simplistic and I do have a limited
background.

But I think it's best to be careful how we define evolution, eh? Plenty of
animals and plants are doing quite well thanks to their own particular
route of evolution.

K.J.


"Shahrokh Mirza Hosseini" <SHAHOS at net.sote.hu> wrote:
> In evolution the number of chromosomes has decreased as the organisms 
> have developed. Having 46 chromosomes, as human beings, I guess does 
> not mean that others with more chromosomes are in a better position!

> Mirza






>> From:           "Jeff Baluch" <jbaluch at home.com>

>> I looked in a chart in my Genetics text by Peter Russell and the male
>> Australian ant has 1 chromosome (female 2). Next on the list is the mosquito
>> with 6. The largest diploid genome listed was the field horsetail at 216
>>  this is a plant) followed by the goldfish at 94. On a funny note, dogs,
>> cats and chickens each have between 72-80. That can make you wonder, being
>> only at 46, where you really fit in the scheme of things!
>>        Page
>> 

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