Molecular Evolution at the Cytochrome Oxidase Subunit 2 Gene Among Divergent Populations of the Intertidal Copepod, Tigriopus californicus

The cytochrome c oxidase subunit 2 gene (COII) encodes a highly conserved protein that is directly responsible for the initial transfer of electrons from cytochrome c to cytochrome c oxidase (COX) crucial to the production of ATP during cellular respiration. Despite its integral role in electron transport, we have observed extensive intraspecific nucleotide… CONTINUE READING