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Plasticity of animal genome architecture unmasked by rapid evolution of a pelagic tunicate

Denoeud, France; Henriet, Simon; Mungpakdee, Sutada; Aury, Jean-Marc; da Silva, Corinne; Brinkmann, Henner; Mikhaleva, Jana; Olsen, Lisbeth Charlotte; Jubin, Claire; Canestro, Cristian; Adamski, Marcin


Genomes of animals as different as sponges and humans show conservation of global architecture. Here we show that multiple genomic features including transposon diversity, developmental gene repertoire, physical gene order, and intron-exon organization are shattered in the tunicate Oikopleura, belonging to the sister group of vertebrates and retaining chordate morphology. Ancestral architecture of animal genomes can be deeply modified and may therefore be largely nonadaptive. This rapidly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.1194167


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