Gene Families: Formation and Evolution
Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
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How to Cite
Ohta, T. 2008. Gene Families: Formation and Evolution. eLS. .
- Published Online: 14 MAR 2008
A gene family is a set of genes derived by duplication of an ancestral gene. Various gene families, from small to large and from uniform to diverse, reflect effects of natural selection, random genetic drift and molecular mechanisms of gene duplication.
- evolution of new function;
- gene duplication;
- genetic regulatory system;
- genomic complexity;