Contrasting modes and tempos of venom expression evolution in two snake species.

@article{Margres2015ContrastingMA,
  title={Contrasting modes and tempos of venom expression evolution in two snake species.},
  author={Mark J Margres and James J McGivern and Margaret A Seavy and Kenneth P. Wray and Jack Facente and Darin R Rokyta},
  journal={Genetics},
  year={2015},
  volume={199 1},
  pages={165-76}
}
Selection is predicted to drive diversification within species and lead to local adaptation, but understanding the mechanistic details underlying this process and thus the genetic basis of adaptive evolution requires the mapping of genotype to phenotype. Venom is complex and involves many genes, but the specialization of the venom gland toward toxin production allows specific transcripts to be correlated with specific toxic proteins, establishing a direct link from genotype to phenotype. To… CONTINUE READING