Somatic Homologue Association


THERE have been several reports of somatic association of homologous chromosomes1–4. The significance of the phenomenon, for meiosis and evolution has been a matter of speculation4,5. In a study of Tasmanian rat kangaroo (Pt-Kl line) chromosomes labelled with tritium, we have observed chromosome configurations demonstrating homologue association at metaphase.

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GIBSON, D. Somatic Homologue Association. Nature 227, 164–165 (1970).

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