Stability and evolution of overlapping genes.

  title={Stability and evolution of overlapping genes.},
  author={David C. Krakauer},
  journal={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  volume={54 3},
When the same sequence of nucleotides codes for regions of more than one functional polypeptide, this sequence contains overlapping genes. Overlap is most common in rapidly evolving genomes with high mutation rates such as viruses, bacteria, and mitochondria. Overlap is thought to be important as: (1) a means of compressing a maximum amount of information into short sequences of structural genes; and (2) as a mechanism for regulating gene expression through translational coupling of… CONTINUE READING
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