Novel Aquatic Silk Genes from Simulium (Psilozia) vittatum (Zett) Diptera: Simuliidae.

The silks of arthropods have an elementary role in the natural history of the organisms that spin them, yet they are coded by rapidly evolving genes leading some authors to speculate that silk proteins are non-homologous proteins co-opted multiple times independently for similar functions. However, some general structural patterns are emerging. In this work… CONTINUE READING