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Recombination drives the evolution of GC-content in the human genome
Mol Biol Evol. 2004 . 21():984-990
J. Meunier, L. Duret


Unraveling the evolutionary forces responsible for variations of neutral substitution patterns among taxa or along genomes is a major issue in the identification of functional sequence features. Mammalian genomes show large-scale regional variations of GC-content (the isochores), but the substitution processes at the origin of this structure are poorly understood. We have analyzed the pattern of neutral substitutions in 14.3 Mb of primate noncoding regions. We show that the GC-content toward which sequences are evolving is strongly correlated (r(2) = 0.61, P

PMID: 14963104 [PubMed - in process]

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