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Alternative Splicing and Genome Complexity

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Alternative Splicing and Genome Complexity

David Brett et al. Nat Genet.

Abstract

Alternative splicing of mRNA allows many gene products with different functions to be produced from a single coding sequence. It has recently been proposed as a mechanism by which higher-order diversity is generated. Here we show, using large-scale expressed sequence tag (EST) analysis, that among seven different eukaryotes the amount of alternative splicing is comparable, with no large differences between humans and other animals.

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