Chargaff difference analysis of the bithorax complex of Drosophila melanogaster.


Much of the fruit fly genome is compact ("Escherichia coli mode"), indicating a genome-wide selection pressure against DNA with little adaptive function. However, in the bithorax complex (BX-C) homeodomain genes are widely dispersed with large introns ("mammalian mode"). Chargaff difference analysis of compact bacterial and viral genomes has shown that most… (More)