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Butterfly genetic theft

The Heliconius butterfly genome paper [1] is supercool for many reasons. Most important from my point of view is the attention to introgression among the different species of these South American butterflies. The Heliconius reference genome allowed us to perform rigorous tests for introgression among melpomene–silvaniform clade species. We used RAD resequencing to reconstruct a robust phylogenetic tree based on 84 individuals of H.
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Eye gene colors butterfly wings red

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

One toxic butterfly species may mimic the wing pattern of another toxic species in the area. By using the same signal, they send a stronger message: DON'T EAT US! Now several research teams have discovered that Heliconius butterflie... Read Post

Genome research reveals key behind one butterfly’s ability to mimic another

Academics / General Science : Science Daily (3 years ago)

Scientists have discovered promiscuous sharing of large regions of DNA code among species by sequencing the genome of a South American butterfly. Read Post

Heliconius butterfly genome explains wing pattern diversity

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (3 years ago)

Pooling funds and putting their heads together, more than 70 scientists from 9 institutions including the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, sequenced the entire genome of the butterfly genus Heliconius, a brightly colored fav... Read Post


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