Emergence of a New Gene from an Intergenic Region

  title={Emergence of a New Gene from an Intergenic Region},
  author={Tobias J.A.J. Heinen and Fabian Staubach and Daniela H{\"a}ming and Diethard Tautz},
  journal={Current Biology},
It is generally assumed that new genes would arise by gene duplication mechanisms, because the signals for regulation and transcript processing would be unlikely to evolve in parallel with a new gene function. We have identified here a transcript in the house mouse (Mus musculus) that has arisen within the past 2.5-3.5 million years in a large intergenic region. The region is present in many mammals, including humans, allowing us to exclude the involvement of gene duplication, transposable… CONTINUE READING
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