Day 237 (10q11.23-10q21.1): MBL2, a gene that lost its sibling

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Day 237 has 16 protein-coding genes (browser view) including MBL2 (mannose-binding lectin 2).

Mannose-binding lectin is secreted by the liver in response to infection. Interestingly, there is no real MBL1 – in humans,┬áMBL1 became pseudogenized, although it is still expressed at low levels! It is one of the human-specific gene losses.

Click here to see all 8362339 letters of Day 237 with MBL2 underlined.

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