from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of two or more genes being located on the same chromosome whether or not there is demonstrable linkage between them.

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  • n. The condition of being located on the same chromosome or region of genome.


syn- + Greek tainiā, band; see taenia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Neologism meaning "on the same ribbon"; Ancient Greek σύν (sun, "along with") + ταινία (tainiā, "band"). (Wiktionary)


  • We can go further and look at synteny, or the conserved order of sequences in the genome, and see that there is an explicable pattern of change, one that is explained by common genetic and evolutionary processes, and does not fit the design hypothesis except in the sense that the design hypothesis is so uselessly vague that you can make any observation fit it.

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  • Creationists sometimes try to argue that what we consider straightforward, well-demonstrated cytological and genetic events don't and can't occur: that you can't get chromosome rearrangements, or that variations in chromosome number and organization are obstacles to evolution, making discussions of synteny, or the rearrangement of chromosomal material in evolution, an impossibility.

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  • While some chromosomes show conserved synteny, others are rearranged in different chromosomes.

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  • They were looking for areas of so-called "conserved synteny."

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  • Arabidopsis and synteny between soybean and Arabidopsis

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  • This is consistent with previous evolutionary histories inferred from a small number of genes Figure 3: Brachypodium genome evolution and synteny between grass subfamilies.

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  • By comparison, there were potential synteny, collinear order of some markers and conservation of collinear linkage groups among the maps and with the AA genome but not fully conservative.

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  • The restricted intergenic distances indicated a "locked" arrangement of the genes that flank bidirectional promoters, further suggesting that 5'UTRs could be predicted across species on the basis of conservation of gene synteny around these promoters.

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  • (C) SynView-facilated synteny mapping of the dnd islands and immediate flanking sequences from three species:

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  • Open (uncolored) block arrows correspond to predicted ORF without conserved synteny and that lack similarity to known proteins.

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