Gene duplication and fragmentation in the zebra finch major histocompatibility complex

@inproceedings{Balakrishnan2009GeneDA,
  title={Gene duplication and fragmentation in the zebra finch major histocompatibility complex},
  author={Christopher N Balakrishnan and Robert Ekblom and Martin Voelker and Helena Westerdahl and Ricardo M. Godinez and Holly Kotkiewicz and David W. Burt and Tina Graves and Darren K. Griffin and Wesley C. Warren and Scott V Edwards},
  booktitle={BMC Biology},
  year={2009}
}
Due to its high polymorphism and importance for disease resistance, the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) has been an important focus of many vertebrate genome projects. Avian MHC organization is of particular interest because the chicken Gallus gallus, the avian species with the best characterized MHC, possesses a highly streamlined minimal essential MHC, which is linked to resistance against specific pathogens. It remains unclear the extent to which this organization describes the… CONTINUE READING

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