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By Patricia J. Armati, Chris R. Dickman, Ian D. Hume

The final two decades have obvious many intriguing discoveries resulting in major advancements in our figuring out of marsupial biology. Marsupials are rising as version organisms in reports of lifestyles background evolution, growing old and senescence, intercourse decision and the improvement and regeneration of the anxious procedure. This quantity presents a synthesis of contemporary advancements in marsupial biology, bringing jointly wisdom at present scattered througout the first literature.

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Of course, studying marsupials is much harder than studying humans or mice, and the geneticists involved in this labour hope to be rewarded by fascinating insights from studying organisms which have both obvious similarities to and clear differences from eutherians. These hopes have been throughly vindicated, and marsupial genetics has not only blossomed in its own right, but has also led to major advances in our understanding of genetic mechanisms common to all mammals, such as sex determination.

Well, every now and then something goes wrong, and there is a mutation, or change to the base at a certain position of the sequence. Aside from changing the genome, mutations lead to a flurry of new names. We call the piece of DNA that codes for a particular protein a locus, the different versions of the DNA at the same locus are called alleles; and the presence of more than one allele in a population is called polymorphism. 1c shows possible alleles in the marsupial α-globin DNA. You can see that one of the base changes makes no difference to the protein, because the new codon codes for the same amino acid; this mutation is likely to be selectively neutral.

B) A karyotype. The chromosomes were cut out from the photograph in (a) and arranged in order of size, lined up by their centromeres. You can see that they come in pairs with homologous size and banding patterns. Chromosomes were cut from a photograph of a female, with two X chromosomes. 4). Photo kindly supplied by G. W. Dawson. structures made of DNA wound around proteins. Most of the time we can’t see the chromosomes, because they are spread through the nucleus of the non-dividing cell. This stage appears disordered to us, but really it is highly organised, with the genes on the chromosomes going about their business of transcribing messenger RNA, and duplicating themselves ready for cell division.

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