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Evolution of Genomes/C-value paradox

chris fish at LINDA.LLNL.GOV
Mon May 10 13:03:08 EST 1993

This is taken from "Skeletal DNA and the Evolution of
Genome Size,"  T. Cavalier-Smith, 1982, Ann. Rev. Biophys.
Bioeng. 11: 273-302.

"The mass of DNA in a haploid nucleus is usually constant
in any one species and is known as its C-value or genome
size...  Particularly puzzling has been the almost 10^5-fold
variation in C-value among different eukaryote species.  Often
dubbed the C-value paradox, it appears inexplicable in terms
of qualitative differences between organisms."

Hope this helps.

Chris Amemiya
Human Genome Center
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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