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The Capsella rubella genome and the genomic consequences of rapid mating system evolution
TLDR
The transition to selfing may be typified by parallel shifts in gene expression, along with a measurable reduction of purifying selection, similar to that seen in Arabidopsis, which self fertilization evolved about 1 million years ago.
Hybrid origins and the earliest stages of diploidization in the highly successful recent polyploid Capsella bursa-pastoris
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The results suggest that the earliest stages of diploidization are associated with quantitative genome-wide decreases in the strength and efficacy of selection rather than rapid gene loss, and that nonfunctionalization can receive a “head start” through a legacy of deleterious variants and differential expression originating in parental diploids populations.
Mating system shifts and transposable element evolution in the plant genus Capsella
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The results suggest that the evolution of selfing may have different effects on TE evolution on a short and on a long timescale, and cross-species comparisons of transposon abundance are sensitive to reference genome bias, and efforts to control for this bias are key when making comparisons across species.
No evidence that sex and transposable elements drive genome size variation in evening primroses
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It is found that variation in sexual/asexual reproduction cannot explain the almost twofold variation in genome size and, using whole genome sequences, it was found that genome size was not associated with TE abundance; instead the larger genomes had a higher abundance of simple sequence repeats.
Historical Origins
  • J. Ågren
  • Biology
    The Gene's-Eye View of Evolution
  • 21 July 2021
TLDR
This chapter traces the origins of the gene’s-eye view through three sections of evolutionary biology, showing how adaptationism, the tradition that takes the appearance of design in living world to be the cardinal problem a theory of evolution needs to explain, has been especially prominent in British biology.
Transposable element evolution in the allotetraploid Capsella bursa-pastoris.
TLDR
The lack of a genomewide effect of allopolyploidy on TE abundance, combined with the increases TE abundance in gene-rich regions, suggests that relaxed selection rather than hybrid breakdown of host silencing explains the TE accumulation in C. bursa-pastoris.
Coevolution of Genome Architecture and Social Behavior.
Chromosomal Distribution of Cytonuclear Genes in a Dioecious Plant with Sex Chromosomes
The coordination between nuclear and organellar genes is essential to many aspects of eukaryotic life, including basic metabolism, energy production, and ultimately, organismal fitness. Although
Empirical Implications
  • J. Ågren
  • Biology
    The Gene's-Eye View of Evolution
  • 21 July 2021
TLDR
The chapter outlines the current understanding of these topics and the role of the gene’s-eye view in uncovering them, which include greenbeard genes, extended phenotypes, and selfish genetic elements.
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