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Lots of Pretty Wings in PLoS ONE

In a new article in PLoS ONE, a group of researchers led by Kevin Edwards present a collection of images of Hawaiian Drosophila wings. Here’s one figure from the paper showing the evolutionary relationships of a bunch of different clades and some representative wing patterns:

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The authors point out that, with the availability of the Drosophila grimshawi genome sequence, biologists can now use molecular techniques to understand the genetic changes that give rise to the various pigmentation patterns.


Edwards KA, Doescher LT, Kaneshiro KY, Yamamoto D. 2007. A database of wing diversity in the Hawaiian Drosophila. PLoS ONE 2: e487 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0000487

Comments

  1. #1 Chris Harrison
    June 1, 2007

    Ah yes, the wonders of regulatory evolution.

    Carroll and company just recently published a paper covering the general principles surrounding regulatory evolution:

    http://www.pnas.org/cgi/reprint/0700488104v1

    And it’s free!

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