Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The Norway rat, from an obnoxious pest to a laboratory pet

    Klaudia Modlinska, Wojciech Pisula
    The rat is much more than a simple model, and a better appreciation of the natural history of wild rats would increase its value as a research organism.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The structure of species discrimination signals across a primate radiation

    Sandra Winters et al.
    Machine learning and experimental tests of receiver bias identify signal components critical to correct species classification in guenons, linking face pattern diversity to selection for species discrimination.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Indirect sexual selection drives rapid sperm protein evolution in abalone

    Damien Beau Wilburn et al.
    An NMR-based structural study of sperm proteins reveals a novel protein packaging/dispersion system embedded in a coevolutionary arms race.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genealogy: The challenges of maintaining genetic privacy

    Shai Carmi
    Two studies suggest that a determined adversary may be able to obtain genetic information that they should not have permission to access from some genealogy databases.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Mutations that improve efficiency of a weak-link enzyme are rare compared to adaptive mutations elsewhere in the genome

    Andrew B Morgenthaler et al.
    Mutations elsewhere in the genome play critical roles in improving fitness during amplification and divergence of a gene encoding a weak-link enzyme whose inefficiency limits growth rate.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics

    Structure of a mitochondrial ATP synthase with bound native cardiolipin

    Alexander Mühleip et al.
    The atomic model of a mitochondrial ATP synthase dimer underlies functions of its specific protein constituents and boundary cardiolipins.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Deep sampling of Hawaiian Caenorhabditis elegans reveals high genetic diversity and admixture with global populations

    Tim A Crombie et al.
    Hawaiian Caenorhabditis elegans harbor high levels of genetic diversity that might represent the complex patterns of ancestral diversity in the species prior to human influence.

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  1. Ian Baldwin
    Ian Baldwin
    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
  2. Diethard Tautz
    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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