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Chromosome Rearrangement in Evolution

  1. David W Burt

Published Online: 30 MAY 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0001500



How to Cite

Burt, D. W. 2001. Chromosome Rearrangement in Evolution. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 MAY 2001


Species differ in the number and shape of chromosomes as well as in anatomy, physiology and genetics. Chromosome rearrangement may play an important role in the evolution of species both in how their genomes are expressed and in mechanisms of reproductive isolation.


  • evolution;
  • genome;
  • chromosome;
  • speciation;
  • mutation