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New tricks with old genes: the genetic bases of novel cnidarian traits

Foret, Sylvain; Knack, Brent A; Houliston, Evelyn; Momose, Tsuyoshi; Manuel, Michael; Queinnec, Eric; Hayward, David; Ball, Eldon; Miller, David J.


Recent thought on genome evolution has focused on the creation of new genes and changes in regulatory mechanisms while ignoring the role of selective gene loss in shaping genomes. Using data from two cnidarians, the jellyfish Clytia and the coral Acropora, we examined the relative significance of new 'taxonomically restricted' genes and selectively retained ancestral genes in enabling the evolution of novel traits. Consistent with its more complex life-cycle, the proportion of novel genes...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Trends in Genetics
DOI: 10.1016/j.tig.2010.01.003


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