Digestive Organ in the Female Reproductive Tract Borrows Genes from Multiple Organ Systems to Adopt Critical Functions

@inproceedings{Meslin2015DigestiveOI,
  title={Digestive Organ in the Female Reproductive Tract Borrows Genes from Multiple Organ Systems to Adopt Critical Functions},
  author={Camille Meslin and Melissa S. Plakke and Aaron B. Deutsch and Brandon S. Small and Nathan Morehouse and Nathan L. Clark},
  booktitle={Molecular biology and evolution},
  year={2015}
}
Persistent adaptive challenges are often met with the evolution of novel physiological traits. Although there are specific examples of single genes providing new physiological functions, studies on the origin of complex organ functions are lacking. One such derived set of complex functions is found in the Lepidopteran bursa copulatrix, an organ within the female reproductive tract that digests nutrients from the male ejaculate or spermatophore. Here, we characterized bursa physiology and the… CONTINUE READING
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