Meiosis

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Ricardo Benavente, Jean-Nicolas Volff
Karger Medical and Scientific Publishers, 2009 - Medical - 159 pages
Meiosis is a key event in the life of all sexually reproductive organisms. As a consequence of recombination and segregation of maternal and paternal sets of chromosomes, it represents the largest natural source of genetic variability. The field of meiosis research is expanding rapidly, with significant progress resulting from the use of suitable model systems as well as from the identification and characterization of proteins, many of them meiosis-specific, which play a key role during meiotic events. This volume provides the reader with a series of authoritative review articles summarizing some of the most recent advances in the field of meiosis research. Most of the more commonly used model systems are investigated taking the comparative aspects into account. Written by leading experts in the field, the book is a valuable reference for researchers and graduate students in genetics, cell and developmental biology, reproductive biology and andrology.
 

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Contents

The Meiotic Recombination Hotspots of Schizosaccharomyces pombe
1
Meiotic Recombination and Crossovers in Plants
14
the Grasses are Back
26
Homologue Pairing Recombinationand Segregation in Caenorhabditiselegans
43
Homolog Pairing and Segregationin Drosophila Meiosis
56
A Scaffold and Beyond
69
Evolutionary Conservation of Nuclear Envelope Attachment and Dynamics of Meiotic Telomeres
81
Cohesin Complexes and Sister Chromatid Cohesion in Mammalian Meiosis
94
Variation in Patterns of Human Meiotic Recombination
117
Maternal Origin of the Human Aneuploidies Are Homolog Synapsis and Recombination to Blame? Notes Learned from the Underbelly
128
The True Bugs as a Model to Study
137
Author Index
157
Subject Index
158
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