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Comparative transcriptomics reveals the conserved building blocks involved in parallel evolution of diverse phenotypic traits in ants

Morandin, Claire; Tin, Mandy M Y; Abril, Sílvia; Gómez, Crisanto; Pontieri, Luigi; Schiøtt, Morten; Sundström, Liselotte; Tsuji, Kazuki; Pedersen, Jes Søe; Helanterä, Heikki; Mikheyev, Alexander S


BACKGROUND Reproductive division of labor in eusocial insects is a striking example of a shared genetic background giving rise to alternative phenotypes, namely queen and worker castes. Queen and worker phenotypes play major roles in the evolution of eusocial insects. Their behavior, morphology and physiology underpin many ecologically relevant colony-level traits, which evolved in parallel in multiple species. RESULTS Using queen and worker transcriptomic data from 16 ant species we tested the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016-03-07
Type: Journal article
Source: Genome biology
DOI: 10.1186/s13059-016-0902-7
Access Rights: Open Access


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