Elusive Alleles

  • Joseph G. SinkovicsEmail author


The “living fossil” successfully introduces gene imprinting and viviparity. The platypus’ (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) genome has been sequenced [462], as referred to the multi-authored report in Nature. The chimera platypus, preserved parts of its reptilian genome, to which it added first avian and then some mammalian genes.


Imprint Gene Intrahepatic Cholestasis IGF2 Gene Ornithorhynchus Anatinus Placental Syncytiotrophoblasts 
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© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.M.D. Anderson Hospital Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of TexasHoustonUSA
  2. 2.H.L. Moffitt Comprehensive Cancer CenterThe University of South FloridaTampaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Molecular MedicineThe University of South Florida Morsani College of MedicineTampaUSA
  4. 4.The Cancer InstituteSt. Joseph’s HospitalTampaUSA

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