Alu elements (was Re: VARIATION IN DNA CONTENT AMONGST DIFFERENT SPECIES)

Keith Robison robison1 at husc10.harvard.edu
Mon Jan 31 13:47:19 EST 1994


Emile Zuckerkandl has proposed that Alu's perform some sort of 
interference function with incoming viruses.  I don't have
the exact reference(s) for this, but two Zuckerkandl papers
of relevance to this thread are:

Polite DNA: functional density and functional compatibility in genomes
E.Zuckerkandl  J.Mol.Evol 24:12-27  1986

Maintenance of function without selection:Alu sequences as "cheap genes".
E.Zuckerkandl, G.Latter, & J.Jurka  J.Mol.Evol. 29:504


Jerzy Jurka is another name worth searching on for Alu references.



Keith Robison
Harvard University
Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
Department of Genetics / HHMI

krobison at nucleus.harvard.edu 









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