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Pseudogenes: Age

  1. Allen R Rhoads,
  2. Felix Friedberg

Published Online: 30 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005119.pub2



How to Cite

Rhoads, A. R. and Friedberg, F. 2008. Pseudogenes: Age. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Howard University College of Medicine, Washington DC, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 APR 2008


Pseudogenes present valuable evolutionary markers since they undergo neutral evolution. Determination of the age of pseudogenes over relatively short distances of time can confirm the order of evolutionary emergence and provide evidence for common ancestry.


  • pseudogene;
  • processed pseudogene;
  • retroprocessed pseudogene;
  • age