Pseudogenes and the Electron Transport Chain
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With the advent of easy access to the human genome sequence, molecular biology techniques to target respirome-specific genes have begun to be exploited in the study of human disorders and in particular human cancers. In some recent publications it would appear that some investigators have inappropriately targeted pseudogenes rather than functional genes. The high transcription level and generally small size of many of the genes in the respirome make them prone to duplications in the form of processed pseudogenes within the human genome. Such genes can be challenging to analyse using standard molecular genetics approaches. In this presentation, we offer an analysis of pseudogenes that have been identified to have significant homology with some elements of the respirome. Other sequence elements such as Alu repeats, which present similar research obstacles, are also discussed.
Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology