The Alu family developed through successive waves of fixation closely connected with primate lineage history

J Mol Evol. 1988;27(3):194-202. doi: 10.1007/BF02100074.


A new method of analyzing phylogenetic relations among members of the sequence family is presented and applied to human Alu sequences upon which work has been published. This method, based upon a correspondence analysis, works with large samples and yields easily interpretable graphical representations. Results obtained argue in favor of a new evolutionary scheme for Alu sequences, implying successive waves of amplification/fixation closely connected to primate lineage history.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Base Sequence
  • Chromosome Deletion
  • Genes*
  • Humans
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Phylogeny*
  • Primates / genetics*
  • Sequence Homology, Nucleic Acid
  • Species Specificity