Monthly Archives: December 2014

Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes

Gibbons are small apes living in southeast Asia that diverged between Old Monkeys and great apes and whose most distinctive feature is the high rate of evolutionary chromosomal rearrangement. The aim of this study was threefold: First, the authors looked … Continue reading

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Electrogenic fish – what’s in charge of the charge?

Electric organs – organs that are capable of creating and discharging electricity – have evolved independently in at least six different lineages of fish (Torpediniformes, Rajiformes, Mormyroidea, Euteleostei, Siluriformes, Gymnotiformes) and play an important role in communication, navigation, defense and … Continue reading

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Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes

Gibbons (Hylobatidae) are small arboreal apes that form a key node in primate evolution. One of the most distinctive phenotype is their high genome plasticity involving large-scale chromosomal rearrangements and karyotype changes. The four gibbon genera (Nomascus, Hylobates, Hoolock, Symphalangus) … Continue reading

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The genome sequence of African rice (Oryza glaberrima) and evidence for independent domestication

Oryza glaberrima is an African species of rice that is not of the same origin as the Asian rice (Oryza sativa) and was independently domesticated from the progenitor Oryza barthii about 3,000 years ago.In this study recently published by Nature … Continue reading

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Genomic basis of the convergent evolution of electric organs

Electric organs in fish have evolved independently in six lineages and are an interesting example of convergent evolution. However, the genetic basis underlying the convergence of this trait is poorly understood. By sequencing and assembling the transcriptomes from the electric … Continue reading

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