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Genes, Volume 8, Issue 11 (November 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Neo-sex chromosomes derive from the fusion of ancient sex chromosomes with autosomes and usually [...] Read more. Neo-sex chromosomes derive from the fusion of ancient sex chromosomes with autosomes and usually undergo further reorganizations. They are used as a model to study the Y chromosome degradation. Different stages of the neo-sex chromosome heteromorphization were analyzed in 19 species of Pamphagidae grasshoppers using original microdissected chromosome painting probes. The formation of heterochromatin through repeat amplification and expansion followed by elimination of euchromatic regions located between them were suggested as the mechanism of the neo-Y degradation. View this paper