Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    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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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    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.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Physics of Living Systems

    Elastic instability during branchial ectoderm development causes folding of the Chlamydosaurus erectile frill

    Sophie A Montandon et al.
    Robust wrinkling pattern of the frilled dragon’s spectacular erectile ruff emerges from an elastic instability during homogeneous growth of the embryonic neck fold frustrated by its attachment to adjacent tissues.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Limb Development: A lesson in homology

    Nikola-Michael Prpic
    The same genes and signaling pathways control the formation of limbs in vertebrates, arthropods and cuttlefish.
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    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Evolution of limb development in cephalopod mollusks

    Oscar A Tarazona et al.
    Cuttlefish embryos reveal that cephalopod mollusks evolved specialized arms and tentacles by activating the same genetic circuits that control development of limbs in arthropods and vertebrates.
    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Ecology: Keeping it fresh

    Jonathan L Klassen
    Beewolf wasp eggs release nitrogen oxides to provide protection against fungi and other microbes.
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    1. Ecology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Nitric oxide radicals are emitted by wasp eggs to kill mold fungi

    Erhard Strohm et al.
    To protect their food and themselves against detrimental mould fungi, the eggs of a wasp species synthesize and emit remarkable amounts of gaseous nitrogen oxides that are highly effective antimicrobials.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Predominance of cis-regulatory changes in parallel expression divergence of sticklebacks

    Jukka-Pekka Verta, Felicity C Jones
    Cis-regulation such as enhancers and promoters plays a major role in parallel gene expression divergence and has features that make it a well-poised substrate for adaptive evolution.

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    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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