A chicken Z-linked BAC probe containing the aldolase B gene was used for fluorescence in-situ hybridization (FISH) mapping in four different avian species. The biotinylated BAC clone showed distinct unique hybridization sites on the structurally different Z chromosomes. This result, together with previous data, lends credence to the notion that, despite undergoing structural rearrangements, the gene content of the avian Z chromosome remained conserved during evolution. Our study also demonstrates the feasibility of using large genomic clones for comparative mapping of Z-linked genes in birds.
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