Natural selection on the olfactory receptor gene family in humans and chimpanzees.

Abstract

The olfactory receptor (OR) genes constitute the largest gene family in mammalian genomes. Humans have >1,000 OR genes, of which only approximately 40% have an intact coding region and are therefore putatively functional. In contrast, the fraction of intact OR genes in the genomes of the great apes is significantly greater (68%-72%), suggesting that… (More)

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