Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Structural color in Junonia butterflies evolves by tuning scale lamina thickness

    Rachel C Thayer et al.
    Artificial selection on wing color and CRISPR/Cas9 knockout of the optix gene both alter scale lamina thickness in Junonia coenia, which shifts structural color wavelength and mimics macroevolutionary butterfly diversity.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The skin microbiome facilitates adaptive tetrodotoxin production in poisonous newts

    Patric M Vaelli et al.
    Skin-associated bacteria underlie the production of a potent defensive neurotoxin in newts, impacting host physiology, molecular evolution, and predator-prey interactions in a coevolutionary arms race.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The landscape of coadaptation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus

    Yujun Cui et al.
    The first overview of fitness interactions within a species provides information how genetic interactions and ecology combine together to determine trait evolution.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Developmental Variability: Exerting an influence on evolution

    Charles C Roseman
    Experiments on mice have shown that developmental processes are influencing the generation of phenotypic variation in a way that shapes evolution.
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    The evolutionary plasticity of chromosome metabolism allows adaptation to constitutive DNA replication stress

    Marco Fumasoni, Andrew W Murray
    Evolutionary adaptation to a constitutive perturbation of DNA replication reveals that adaptive mutations in three conserved pathways interact to restore faithful chromosome replication and segregation.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Comprehensive fitness maps of Hsp90 show widespread environmental dependence

    Julia M Flynn et al.
    Environmental conditions strongly impact the fitness effects of Hsp90, resulting in the selection of Hsp90 sequences in nature that are robust to a variety of stressful conditions.

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    Mapping the ancestry of primates

    Ignacio Martínez, Mercedes Conde-Valverde

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    Pennsylvania State University, United States
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    Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany
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    University of Michigan, United States
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