Firefly genomes illuminate parallel origins of bioluminescence in beetles

  title={Firefly genomes illuminate parallel origins of bioluminescence in beetles},
  author={T. R. Fallon and Sarah E Lower and Ching-Ho Chang and Manabu Bessho-Uehara and G. J. Martin and A. Bewick and M. Behringer and H. Debat and Isaac Wong and J. C. Day and A. Suvorov and C. J. Silva and K. Stanger-Hall and D. Hall and R. Schmitz and D. Nelson and S. Lewis and S. Shigenobu and Seth M. Bybee and A. M. Larracuente and Y. Oba and J. Weng},
  • T. R. Fallon, Sarah E Lower, +19 authors J. Weng
  • Published 2018
  • Biology, Medicine
  • eLife
  • Fireflies and their luminous courtships have inspired centuries of scientific study. Today firefly luciferase is widely used in biotechnology, but the evolutionary origin of bioluminescence within beetles remains unclear. To shed light on this long-standing question, we sequenced the genomes of two firefly species that diverged over 100 million-years-ago: the North American Photinus pyralis and Japanese Aquatica lateralis. To compare bioluminescent origins, we also sequenced the genome of a… CONTINUE READING
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