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Evolution of Gene Deserts in the Human Genome

  1. James Taylor

Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0020830

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Taylor, J. 2008. Evolution of Gene Deserts in the Human Genome. eLS. .

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  1. New York University, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 MAR 2008

Abstract

‘Gene deserts’ are improbably large regions of the human genome that contain no genes. The evolutionary origin of these regions is still unknown, but experimental and computational evidence suggests there are multiple classes of gene deserts in the human genome, each with different evolutionary origins and functional associations.

Keywords:

  • gene desert;
  • genome architecture;
  • gene regulation