Crossover interference underlies sex differences in recombination rates.

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Trends Genet 2007 Nov; 23(11):539-42.


In many organisms, recombination rates differ between the two sexes. Here we show that in mice, this is because of a shorter genomic interference distance in females than in males, measured in Mb. However, the interference distance is the same in terms of bivalent length. We propose a model in which the interference distance in the two sexes reflects the compaction of chromosomes at the pachytene stage of meiosis.