Formation and longevity of chimeric and duplicate genes in Drosophila melanogaster.

@article{Rogers2009FormationAL,
  title={Formation and longevity of chimeric and duplicate genes in Drosophila melanogaster.},
  author={Rebekah L Rogers and Trevor Bedford and Daniel L. Hartl},
  journal={Genetics},
  year={2009},
  volume={181 1},
  pages={313-22}
}
Historically, duplicate genes have been regarded as a major source of novel genetic material. However, recent work suggests that chimeric genes formed through the fusion of pieces of different genes may also contribute to the evolution of novel functions. To compare the contribution of chimeric and duplicate genes to genome evolution, we measured their prevalence and persistence within Drosophila melanogaster. We find that approximately 80.4 duplicates form per million years, but most are… CONTINUE READING