Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The genomes of polyextremophilic cyanidiales contain 1% horizontally transferred genes with diverse adaptive functions

    Alessandro W Rossoni et al.
    Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) analysis in polyextremophile red algae (Cyanidiales) provides explanations for the nonexistence of cumulative effects and eukaryotic pangenomes, and highlights differences between HGT and native genes.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Gene Transfer: Adapting for life in the extreme

    Carolin M Kobras, Daniel Falush
    Red algae have adapted to extreme environments by acquiring genes from bacteria and archaea.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The untapped potential of medaka and its wild relatives

    Leon Hilgers, Julia Schwarzer
    Studies of medaka and other ricefishes in the wild could provide insights in fields such as evolutionary biology, development and cancer research.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    An integrative genomic analysis of the Longshanks selection experiment for longer limbs in mice

    João PL Castro et al.
    Genome sequencing of mice selected for longer limbs reveals that rapid selection response is due to both discrete loci and polygenic adaptation.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Positive and negative incentive contrasts lead to relative value perception in ants

    Stephanie Wendt et al.
    Relative value perception, a basic tenant of Behavioural Economics, is demonstrated in an insect, and further shown to be driven by cognitive processes and induced by private and social information.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Morphogenesis: Mathematical models with frills

    Pierre A Haas
    The spectacular frill around the neck of the lizard Chlamydosaurus has its origins in a mechanical instability that arises during development.
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    Haplotypes spanning centromeric regions reveal persistence of large blocks of archaic DNA

    Sasha A Langley et al.
    Genomic polymorphism across centromeric regions of humans is organized into large-scale haplotypes with great diversity, including entire Neanderthal centromeres.

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    Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Germany
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    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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