Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Large protein complex interfaces have evolved to promote cotranslational assembly

    Mihaly Badonyi, Joseph A Marsh
    Analysis of protein interfaces suggests cotranslational assembly can be an adaptive process, likely serving to minimise non-specific interactions with other proteins in the cell.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Pre-existing chromosomal polymorphisms in pathogenic E. coli potentiate the evolution of resistance to a last-resort antibiotic

    Pramod K Jangir et al.
    Interactions between a mobile resistance gene and chromosomal mutations drive the evolution of high-level antibiotic resistance.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Mutational robustness changes during long-term adaptation in laboratory budding yeast populations

    Milo S Johnson, Michael M Desai
    Yeast populations lose mutational robustness during evolution in one environment but not in another due to the collective effect of a large number of idiosyncratic epistatic interactions.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Vision-related convergent gene losses reveal SERPINE3’s unknown role in the eye

    Henrike Indrischek et al.
    Specific evolutionary gene loss signatures indicated an eye-related function for the uncharacterized SERPINE3 gene, which was experimentally confirmed by zebrafish gene knockouts, showing how comparative genomics can provide insights into the function of uncharacterized genes.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Evolution: Poor eyesight reveals a new vision gene

    Tathagata Biswas et al.
    Comparing the genomes of mammals which evolved to have poor vision identifies an important gene for eyesight.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology
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    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The rhesus macaque as a success story of the Anthropocene

    Eve B Cooper et al.
    The rhesus macaque is a non-human primate that is widely used as a model organism in ecology, evolutionary biology and behavioural science.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    A Permian fish reveals widespread distribution of neopterygian-like jaw suspension

    Thodoris Argyriou et al.
    μCT-aided study illuminates the cranial endoskeleton and interrelationships of the Permian actinopterygian †Brachydegma, which is now excluded from crown neopterygians despite exhibiting a double jaw joint.
    1. Epidemiology and Global Health
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Genomic epidemiology of the first two waves of SARS-CoV-2 in Canada

    Angela McLaughlin et al.
    Canadian COVID-19 travel restrictions imposed in March 2020 greatly reduced SARS-CoV-2 importations, but were insufficient to prevent new sublineages of similar transmissibility from being introduced and replacing early sublineages.

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