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A Molecular Phylogeny of Living Primates
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The resolution of the primate phylogeny provides an essential evolutionary framework with far-reaching applications including: human selection and adaptation, global emergence of zoonotic diseases, mammalian comparative genomics, primate taxonomy, and conservation of endangered species.
The Late Miocene Radiation of Modern Felidae: A Genetic Assessment
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The phylogenetic performance of distinct gene classes showed that Y-chromosome segments are appreciably more informative than mitochondrial DNA, X-linked, or autosomal genes in resolving the rapid Felidae species radiation.
Genomic ancestry of the American puma (Puma concolor).
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The marked uniformity of mtDNA and a reduction in microsatellite allele size expansion indicates that North American pumas derive from a recent (late Pleistocene circa 10,000 years ago) replacement and recolonization by a small number of founders who themselves originated from a centrum of puma genetic diversity in eastern South America.
Initial sequence and comparative analysis of the cat genome.
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The genome sequence of an inbred Abyssinian domestic cat was assembled, mapped, and annotated with a comparative approach that involved cross-reference to annotated genome assemblies of six mammals, shedding new light on the tempo and mode of gene/genome evolution in mammals and promising several research applications for the cat.
Genetic and phylogenetic divergence of feline immunodeficiency virus in the puma (Puma concolor)
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Large sequence divergence among isolates, nearly complete species monophyly, and widespread geographic distribution suggest that FIV-Pco has evolved within the puma species for a long period.
Genetics and Pathogenesis of Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus
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Coronavirus sequence analyses demonstrate distinctive circulating strains in natural populations that are distinct from other coronavirus strains found in the wild.
Genetic Evidence for Two Species of Elephant in Africa
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Dart-biopsy samples from 195 free-ranging African elephants in 21 populations were examined for DNA sequence variation in four nuclear genes and showed large genetic distance, multiple genetically fixed nucleotide site differences, morphological and habitat distinctions, and extremely limited hybridization of gene flow support the recognition and conservation management of two African species.
Seroprevalence and Genomic Divergence of Circulating Strains of Feline Immunodeficiency Virus among Felidae and Hyaenidae Species
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Phylogenetic analysis of FIV proviral sequence demonstrates that most species for which FIV is endemic harbor monophyletic, genetically distinct species-specific FIV strains, suggesting that FIV transfer between cat species has occurred in the past but is quite infrequent today.
The Evolutionary Dynamics of the Lion Panthera leo Revealed by Host and Viral Population Genomics
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Lion and FIVPle variation affirms that the large, well-studied lion population occupying the greater Serengeti Ecosystem is derived from three distinct populations that admixed recently.
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