Sequences for all OR genes from all primate species were deposited to GenBank (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/Genbank/) as accession numbers AY448037–AY449380 and AY454789–AY455274.
thank Christian Roos from the Primate Genetics German Primate Center in
Göttingen for the primate DNA samples. We are also grateful to Chaim
Linhart from Tel Aviv University for helping us to design the
degenerate primer pairs. The experimental work was financed by the
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (01KW9959-4) and by the Max
Planck Gesellschaft. This research was completed while YG was supported
by a Clore doctoral fellowship. DL holds the Ralph and Lois Silver
Chair in Human Genomics and is supported by the Crown Human Genome
Center at the Weizmann Institute of Science.
Conflicts of interest. The authors have declared that no conflicts of interest exist.
YG and MP conceived and designed the experiments. YG and VW performed
the experiments. YG and VW analyzed the data. SP contributed
reagents/materials/analysis tools. YG, MP, DL, and SP wrote the paper.