Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolutionary expansion of apical extracellular matrix is required for the elongation of cells in a novel structure

    Sarah Jacquelyn Smith et al.
    A new morphological structure evolved through extreme changes in cell height requires novel connections to an extracellular matrix network, which predates the origin of structure.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Retrocopying expands the functional repertoire of APOBEC3 antiviral proteins in primates

    Lei Yang et al.
    Genomes take advantage of the gene-duplicating ability of retroelements to birth novel innate immune defense genes.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Extracellular Matrix: Sculpting new structures

    Jocelyn A McDonald, Yoshinori Tomoyasu
    The origins of the posterior lobe, a recently evolved structure in some species of Drosophila, have become clearer.
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    1. Developmental Biology
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    Bacterial contribution to genesis of the novel germ line determinant oskar

    Leo Blondel et al.
    Evidence suggests that the oskar gene, a critical germ line determinant in insects, was formed by fusion of bacterial and eukaryotic sequences at least 450 million years ago.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Convergent evolution of small molecule pheromones in Pristionchus nematodes

    Chuanfu Dong et al.
    Unexpected structural diversity of nematode small molecules, as revealed by high-resolution phylogenetic analysis, suggests recurrent biochemical innovation, a pattern that is probably typical across animals.

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  1. Diethard Tautz
    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
  2. Detlef Weigel
    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
  3. Patricia Wittkopp
    University of Michigan, United States
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