Comparison of Fine-Scale Recombination Rates in Humans and Chimpanzees
Winckler W., Myers SR., Richter DJ., Onofrio RC., McDonald GJ., Bontrop RE., McVean GAT., Gabriel SB., Reich D., Donnelly P., Altshuler D.
We compared fine-scale recombination rates at orthologous loci in humans and chimpanzees by analyzing polymorphism data in both species. Strong statistical evidence for hotspots of recombination was obtained in both species. Despite ∼99% identity at the level of DNA sequence, however, recombination hotspots were found rarely (if at all) at the same positions in the two species, and no correlation was observed in estimates of fine-scale recombination rates. Thus, local patterns of recombination rate have evolved rapidly, in a manner disproportionate to the change in DNA sequence.