Richard Jovelin

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Recent studies based on molecular data (18S rDNA and partial 28S rDNA) and morphology did not resolve a terminal polytomy within the Polyopisthocotylea. Here, we have used sequences from the full domain D2 of the 28S rDNA for 24 species (18 new sequences) with three phylogenetic methods, maximum parsimony, neighbour-joining and maximum likelihood, to infer(More)
Caenorhabditis elegans is a model organism in biology, yet despite the tremendous information generated from genetic, genomic and functional analyses, C. elegans has rarely been used to address questions in ecological genetics. Here, we analyse genetic variation for chemosensory behaviour, an ecologically important trait that is also genetically well(More)
Genomic structural alterations that vary within species, known as large copy number variants, represent an unanticipated and abundant source of genetic diversity that associates with variation in gene expression and susceptibility to disease. Even short insertions and deletions (indels) can exert important effects on genomes by locally increasing the(More)
We sequenced DNA fragments from four monogenean species of the genus Lamellodiscus and their three fish host species from the genus Pagellus in the North Mediterranean Sea, in order to estimate the molecular divergence and the coevolutionary interactions in this association. By comparing the ITS1 sequences of the parasites, we assessed their level of(More)
The genomic density of sequence polymorphisms critically affects the sensitivity of inferences about ongoing sequence evolution, function and demographic history. Most animal and plant genomes have relatively low densities of polymorphisms, but some species are hyperdiverse with neutral nucleotide heterozygosity exceeding 5%. Eukaryotes with extremely large(More)
Whether phenotypic evolution proceeds predominantly through changes in regulatory sequences is a controversial issue in evolutionary genetics. Ample evidence indicates that the evolution of gene regulatory networks via changes in cis-regulatory sequences is an important determinant of phenotypic diversity. However, recent experimental work suggests that the(More)
Transcription factors play a fundamental role in regulating physiological responses and developmental processes. Here we examine the evolution of the yeast transcription factors in the context of the structure of the gene regulatory network. In contrast to previous results for the protein-protein interaction and metabolic networks, we find that the position(More)
Almost all organismal function is controlled by pathways composed of interacting genetic components. The relationship between pathway structure and the evolution of individual pathway components is not completely understood. For the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans, chemosensory pathways regulate critical aspects of an individual's life history and(More)
Mounting evidence points to differences in gene regulation as a major source of phenotypic variation. MicroRNA-mediated post-transcriptional regulation has emerged recently as a key factor controlling gene activity during development. MicroRNA genes are abundant in genomes, acting as managers of gene expression by directing translational repression. Thus,(More)
Fibroblast growth factors play critical roles in many aspects of embryo patterning that are conserved across broad phylogenetic distances. To help understand the evolution of fibroblast growth factor functions, we identified members of the Fgf8/17/18-subfamily in the three-spine stickleback Gasterosteus aculeatus, and investigated their evolutionary(More)