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Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
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A genome-scale phylogenetic analysis of 48 species representing all orders of Neoaves recovered a highly resolved tree that confirms previously controversial sister or close relationships and identifies the first divergence in Neoaves, two groups the authors named Passerea and Columbea.
A spatial analysis method (SAM) to detect candidate loci for selection: towards a landscape genomics approach to adaptation
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A new method to detect signatures of natural selection based on the application of spatial analysis, with the contribution of geographical information systems (GIS), environmental variables and molecular data is introduced.
Genetic diversity and introgression in the Scottish wildcat
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It is argued that this is evidence that these cats do not have very recent domestic ancestry, but from the morphological data it is highly likely that this gene pool also contains a contribution from earlier introgression of domestic cat genes.
Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
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This work explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades to reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits.
DNA markers reveal the complexity of livestock domestication
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By comparing mitochondrial and nuclear DNA sequences of modern breeds with their potential wild and domestic ancestors, new insights are gained into the timing and location of domestication events that produced the farm animals of today.
The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome
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This corrects the article to show that the Higgs boson genome is a “spatially aggregating ‘spatiotemporal ’ organisation’, rather than a ‘cell-based’ organisation, which is more closely related to the immune system.
Genetic divergence and units for conservation in the Komodo dragon Varanus komodoensis
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Genetic diversity in the world's largest lizard, the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), is described, examining the evolutionary relationships and population genetic history of the four islands in south–east Indonesia.
The sequence and de novo assembly of the giant panda genome
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Using next-generation sequencing technology alone, a draft sequence of the giant panda genome is generated and assembled, indicating that its bamboo diet might be more dependent on its gut microbiome than its own genetic composition.
Essential Biodiversity Variables
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With the first plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) soon under way, partners are developing—and seeking consensus around—Essential Biod diversity Variables (EBVs) that could form the basis of monitoring programs worldwide.
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