Gamma Globulin (Gm group) Heterogeneity in Chimpanzees

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Science  24 Feb 1961:
Vol. 133, Issue 3452, pp. 583-584
DOI: 10.1126/science.133.3452.583


The serum gamma globulin (Gm) serological system was examined in 24 chimpanzees. Five Gm a, Gm b, and Gm x phenotypes, including Gm (a—b—x—), were observed. Phenotype did not appear to be related to serum gamma globulin concentration. The presence of the Gm system in apes suggests that this polymorphism in man is balanced and ancient.