Evolutionary Biology

Evolutionary Biology

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    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The evolution of division of labour in structured and unstructured groups

    Guy Alexander Cooper et al.
    The evolution of division of labour with non-accelerating returns from specialisation can occur for several reasons, including but not limited to topologically constrained group structures, but there must always be a group efficiency benefit and a coordination mechanism is required.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Diverse mating phenotypes impact the spread of wtf meiotic drivers in Schizosaccharomyces pombe

    José Fabricio López Hernández et al.
    Mating phenotypes are diverse in Schizosaccharomyces pombe and the natural variation can impact the spread of wtf meiotic drivers.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine

    A conserved strategy for inducing appendage regeneration in moon jellyfish, Drosophila, and mice

    Michael J Abrams et al.
    Amino acid and sugar supplement induce appendage/limb regeneration in cnidarians, insects, and mammals.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Plants: Why do sunflowers have invisible colors?

    Jason Laurich, Anna M O'Brien
    In the common sunflower, patterns of UV-absorbing pigments are controlled by a newly identified regulatory region and may be under the influence of environmental factors.
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    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Neuroscience

    Connexins evolved after early chordates lost innexin diversity

    Georg Welzel, Stefan Schuster
    An in silico analysis of gap junction proteins supports the hypothesis that connexins replaced the primordial innexins in chordate gap junctions due to an evolutionary bottleneck.
    1. Developmental Biology
    2. Evolutionary Biology

    Cavefish cope with environmental hypoxia by developing more erythrocytes and overexpression of hypoxia-inducible genes

    Corine M van der Weele, William R Jeffery
    Astyanax mexicanus cavefish cope with hypoxic environments by expanding embryonic hematopoietic domains, increasing the capacity for erythrocyte development, and constitutive overexpression of hypoxia-inducible genes.
    1. Evolutionary Biology

    The population genetics of collateral resistance and sensitivity

    Sarah M Ardell, Sergey Kryazhimskiy
    A theoretical model that considers the diversity of collateral effects among drug resistance mutations provides insights into the development of robust sequential antibiotic treatments.
    1. Evolutionary Biology
    2. Genetics and Genomics

    Genetic basis and dual adaptive role of floral pigmentation in sunflowers

    Marco Todesco et al.
    Variation in patterns of floral UV pigmentation is controlled by a single transcription factor in sunflower and affects both pollinator attraction and responses to environmental stresses.

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