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jeff at cher.heurikon.com
Fri Feb 23 15:58:28 EST 1996
In article <199602230257.VAA03524 at bonjour.cc.columbia.edu>,
yuanpei xin <yx5 at COLUMBIA.EDU> wrote:
>From the lower species to the higher species during the evolution the
>genomic complexity has been increase and will be certainly increase in
>But has we expected more and more genes we can not exclude the lost of
>some gene, useless. I would like to know more about some gene lost in the
>mamalian familly and more specificly in human.
Your assumption that "higher" species are more complex genetically is
incorrect. In fact, there is little relationship between the genetic
complexity of a genome and the organism for which it codes.
Salamanders, for example, have 50 times more DNA than humans.
"...organisms with highest DNA content are not necessarily most
complex. e.g. some plants have more than man; some amphibians have
more than man. Furthermore, two different amphibians can have very
different DNA contents.
This is the "C-value paradox."
Jeffrey Mattox -- jeff at heurikon.com
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