Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The landscape of coadaptation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    Yujun Cui et al.
    The first overview of fitness interactions within a species provides information how genetic interactions and ecology combine together to determine trait evolution.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Developmental Variability: Exerting an influence on evolution

    Charles C Roseman
    Experiments on mice have shown that developmental processes are influencing the generation of phenotypic variation in a way that shapes evolution.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The evolutionary plasticity of chromosome metabolism allows adaptation to constitutive DNA replication stress

    Marco Fumasoni, Andrew W Murray
    Evolutionary adaptation to a constitutive perturbation of DNA replication reveals that adaptive mutations in three conserved pathways interact to restore faithful chromosome replication and segregation.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Comprehensive fitness maps of Hsp90 show widespread environmental dependence

    Julia M Flynn et al.
    Environmental conditions strongly impact the fitness effects of Hsp90, resulting in the selection of Hsp90 sequences in nature that are robust to a variety of stressful conditions.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Homologue replacement in the import motor of the mitochondrial inner membrane of trypanosomes

    Corinne von Känel et al.
    Mitochondrial inner membrane translocation of presequence-containing proteins by the single bifunctional TIM complex of T. brucei requires an non-canonical J domain-containing protein.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Resegmentation is an ancestral feature of the gnathostome vertebral skeleton

    Katharine E Criswell, J Andrew Gillis
    Shared complexities of backbone segmentation between cartilaginous fishes and tetrapods originate much earlier in vertebrate evolution than previously thought.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Resurrection of a global, metagenomically defined gokushovirus

    Paul C Kirchberger, Howard Ochman
    Isolation of a gokushovirus capable of lysogenizing enterobacteria challenges previous notions about the biology of the most prolific phages within the Microviridae and facilitates experimental study in a model organism.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    A large genomic insertion containing a duplicated follistatin gene is linked to the pea aphid male wing dimorphism

    Binshuang Li et al.
    The application of long-read sequencing to the pea aphid wing dimorphism system reveals genomic structural divergence as a genetic mechanism of adaptation.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Mushroom body evolution demonstrates homology and divergence across Pancrustacea

    Nicholas James Strausfeld et al.
    Demonstrating extreme diversity across crustaceans while contrasting with evolutionary stability in insects, mushroom body homologues further underpin the unity of Pancrustacea and shed new light on arthropod brain evolution.

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Mapping the ancestry of primates

    Ignacio Martínez, Mercedes Conde-Valverde

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    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
  2. Detlef Weigel
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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