Hi. I have a question about processed pseudogene (not standard pseudogenes). Please could someone tell me how many processed pseudogenes (also called retropseudogenes) are in the human genome?
I think I read somewhere that very few have been found in the human genome. Humans have one functional NANOG gene and 10 copies scattered across the genome. We share 9/10 with chimps, gorilla and orangutan, and 7/10 in with macaque (which has another 3 NANOG processed pseudogenes that are unique to its lineage). If it’s true that we don’t have many (if any) other processed pseudogenes/retropseudogenes in the human genome how come only the NANOG gene has been repeatedly copied into an processed pseudogenes on at least 13 different occasions during primate evolution, but no other genes? (Sorry I’m still pretty new to this topic)