Contrasting patterns of nonneutral evolution in proteins encoded in nuclear and mitochondrial genomes.


We report that patterns of nonneutral DNA sequence evolution among published nuclear and mitochondrially encoded protein-coding loci differ significantly in animals. Whereas an apparent excess of amino acid polymorphism is seen in most (25/31) mitochondrial genes, this pattern is seen in fewer than half (15/36) of the nuclear data sets. This differentiation… (More)


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