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A critique of avian CHD-based molecular sexing protocols illustrated by a Z-chromosome polymorphism detected in auklets

By D.A. Dawson, S. Darby, F.M. Hunter, A.P. Krupa, I.L. Jones and T. Burke


The sexes of non-ratite birds can be determined routinely by PCR amplification of the CHD-Z and CHD-W genes.\ud CHD -based molecular sexing of four species of auklets revealed the presence of a polymorphism in the Z chromosome. No deviation from a 1:1 sex ratio was observed among the chicks, though the analyses were of limited power. Polymorphism in the CHD-Z\ud gene has not been reported previously in any bird, but if undetected it could lead to the incorrect assignment of sex. We discuss the potential difficulties caused by a\ud polymorphism such as that identified in auklets and the merits of alternative CHD -based sexing protocols and primers

Year: 2001
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