Homology a personal view on some of the problems

Trends Genet. 2000 May;16(5):227-31. doi: 10.1016/s0168-9525(00)02005-9.


There are many problems relating to defining the terminology used to describe various biological relationships and getting agreement on which definitions are best. Here, I examine 15 terminological problems, all of which are current, and all of which relate to the usage of homology and its associated terms. I suggest a set of definitions that are intended to be totally consistent among themselves and also as consistent as possible with most current usage.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alleles
  • Animals
  • Gene Duplication
  • Genes
  • Genetics*
  • Logic
  • Recombination, Genetic
  • Structure-Activity Relationship
  • Tandem Repeat Sequences
  • Terminology as Topic*