Cubozoan genome illuminates functional diversification of opsins and photoreceptor evolution

Abstract

Animals sense light primarily by an opsin-based photopigment present in a photoreceptor cell. Cnidaria are arguably the most basal phylum containing a well-developed visual system. The evolutionary history of opsins in the animal kingdom has not yet been resolved. Here, we study the evolution of animal opsins by genome-wide analysis of the cubozoan… (More)
DOI: 10.1038/srep11885

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