Sofia Shirley

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Recent linkage-based studies in humans suggest the presence of loci that affect either genome-wide recombination rates, utilization of recombination hotspots, or both. We have been interested in utilizing cytological methodology to directly assess recombination in mammalian meiocytes and to identify recombination-associated loci. In the present report we(More)
Trisomy 13 is one of the most common trisomies in clinically recognized pregnancies and one of the few trisomies identified in liveborns, yet relatively little is known about the errors that lead to trisomy 13. Accordingly, we initiated studies to investigate the origin of the extra chromosome in 78 cases of trisomy 13. Our results indicate that the(More)
Trisomy 22 is one of the most common trisomies in clinically recognized pregnancies, yet relatively little is known about the origin of nondisjunction for chromosome 22. Accordingly, we initiated studies to investigate the origin of the extra chromosome in 130 trisomy 22 cases. Our results indicate that the majority of trisomy 22 errors (>96%) arise during(More)
Errors during meiosis that affect synapsis and recombination between homologous chromosomes contribute to aneuploidy and infertility in humans. Despite the clinical relevance of these defects, we know very little about the mechanisms by which homologous chromosomes interact with one another during mammalian meiotic prophase. Further, we remain ignorant of(More)
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