Published Online: 19 APR 2001
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Tobler, H. and Müller, F. 2001. Chromatin Diminution. eLS. .
- Published Online: 19 APR 2001
Chromatin diminution is defined as chromosomal fragmentation, followed by the elimination of part of the chromosome during mitosis. The process was first observed in early cleavage divisions of the Parascaris equorum embryo by Boveri in 1887, and later on was also found to occur in some other parasitic nematodes, copepods and ciliates.
- chromatin diminution;
- DNA elimination;
- programmed genome rearrangement;
- germline-soma differentiation;
- nematode development