Inventory and phylogenomic distribution of meiotic genes in Nasonia vitripennis and among diverse arthropods

  title={Inventory and phylogenomic distribution of meiotic genes in Nasonia vitripennis and among diverse arthropods},
  author={Andrew Michael Schurko and Daniel J. Mazur and J. M. Logsdon Jr.},
  journal={Insect Molecular Biology},
The parasitoid jewel wasp Nasonia vitripennis reproduces by haplodiploidy (arrhenotokous parthenogenesis). In diploid females, meiosis occurs during oogenesis, but in haploid males spermatogenesis is ameiotic and involves a single equational division. Here we describe the phylogenomic distribution of meiotic genes in N. vitripennis and in 10 additional arthropods. Homologues for 39 meiosis‐related genes (including seven meiosis‐specific genes) were identified in N. vitripennis. The meiotic… 

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