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Investigating the Evolution of Recombination

The April 13th edition of Science includes a paper from Dr. Adam Auton and colleagues. Dr. Auton is a recent addition to the Einstein faculty, and the paper describes his recent research into the evolution of recombination rate variation in chimpanzees. Recombination is a fundamental process used to shuffle genetic material during meiosis. This work is significant as by comparing patterns of recombination rate variation in humans and chimpanzees it is possible to gain insight into the mechanisms that regulate recombination. The authors discovered significant differences between the two species, and were able to identify the effect recombination has had on the evolution of the genome. For full article please see:

Adam's paper

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