Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    A multispecies coalescent model for quantitative traits

    Fábio K Mendes et al.
    A model for evolutionary inferences at both micro- and macroevolutionary scales is proposed and evaluated theoretically and through simulations.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Evolution of gene dosage on the Z-chromosome of schistosome parasites

    Marion A L Picard et al.
    An analysis of gene dosage at the DNA, RNA and protein level yields new insights into the early stages of Z-chromosome dosage compensation in schistosome parasites.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The origin of the odorant receptor gene family in insects

    Philipp Brand et al.
    The insect odorant receptor gene family evolved at the base of the class Insecta before the evolution of flight and perhaps as an adaptation to terrestriality, and was therefore an important evolutionary novelty for insects.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Wnt/β-catenin regulates an ancient signaling network during zebrafish scale development

    Andrew J Aman et al.
    Zebrafish scales depend on interactions among Wnt, Ectodysplasin and Hedgehog signaling pathways similar to those underlying feathers, teeth and hair follicles, suggesting a deep homology of ectodermal appendages in vertebrates.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Patterning: Fishing for ancestry

    Hannah Brunsdon, E Elizabeth Patton
    The same genes and signalling pathways control the formation of skin appendages in both fish and land animals.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Germ layer-specific regulation of cell polarity and adhesion gives insight into the evolution of mesoderm

    Miguel Salinas-Saavedra et al.
    The expression of 'bilaterian-mesodermal’ genes changes the epithelial properties of the endomesoderm during the embryogenesis of the cnidarian Nematostella vectensis.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene family innovation, conservation and loss on the animal stem lineage

    Daniel J Richter et al.
    The genomes of animal progenitors evolved as mosaics of old, new, rearranged, and repurposed protein domains, genes and pathways and paved the way for the origin and evolution of animals.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Genome Evolution: We are not so special

    Zachary R Lewis, Casey W Dunn
    New sequence data from choanoflagellates improves our understanding of the genetic changes that occurred along the branch of the evolutionary tree that gave rise to animals.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Metabolic co-dependence drives the evolutionarily ancient Hydra–Chlorella symbiosis

    Mayuko Hamada et al.
    The symbiotic relationship between Hydra and Chlorella is driven by metabolic co-dependence and characterized by changes in the photobiont genome in terms of lack of genes essential in free-living algae.

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution: We are not so special

    Zachary R Lewis, Casey W Dunn

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