Positive Darwinian Selection Drives the Evolution of the Morphology-Related Gene, EPCAM, in Particularly Species-Rich Lineages of African Cichlid Fishes

@article{Fan2011PositiveDS,
  title={Positive Darwinian Selection Drives the Evolution of the Morphology-Related Gene, EPCAM, in Particularly Species-Rich Lineages of African Cichlid Fishes},
  author={Shaohua Fan and Kathryn R Elmer and Axel Meyer},
  journal={Journal of Molecular Evolution},
  year={2011},
  volume={73},
  pages={1-9}
}
The study of genetic evolution within the context of adaptive radiations offers insights to genes and selection pressures that result in rapid morphological change. Cichlid fishes are very species-rich and variable in coloration, behavior, and morphology, and so provide a classical model system for studying the genetics of adaptive radiation. In this study, we researched the evolution of the epithelial cell adhesion molecule (EPCAM), a candidate gene for the adaptive evolution of morphology… CONTINUE READING
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