Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    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.
    1. Biochemistry and Chemical Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of multifunctionality through a pleiotropic substitution in the innate immune protein S100A9

    Joseph L Harman et al.
    In the ancestor of mammals, a multifunctional innate immune protein evolved when a mutation enhanced the protein’s pro-inflammatory activity and proteolytic regulation without disrupting the protein’s antimicrobial activity.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Genetic transformation of Spizellomyces punctatus, a resource for studying chytrid biology and evolutionary cell biology

    Edgar M Medina et al.
    Spizellomycespunctatusis a genetically tractable chytrid and model organism for comparative cell biology for understanding evolution of the cell cycle, actin dynamics, and cellularization in fungi and early eukaryotes.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    The Natural History of Model Organisms: The house sparrow in the service of basic and applied biology

    Haley E Hanson et al.
    The house sparrow, one of the most ubiquitous birds in the world, is now used extensively in studies across disciplines in the life sciences.
    1. Computational and Systems Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Deep evolutionary analysis reveals the design principles of fold A glycosyltransferases

    Rahil Taujale et al.
    Deep mining of GT-A fold sequences provides an evolutionary framework for investigating complex relationships connecting GT-A fold sequence, structure, function and regulation.

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  1. George H Perry
    Pennsylvania State University, United States
  2. Diethard Tautz
    Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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