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Tetraodon genome confirms Takifugu findings: most fish are ancient polyploids

Yves Van de Peer

Author Affiliations

Bioinformatics and Evolutionary Genomics, Vlaams Interuniversitair Instituut voor Biotechnologie (VIB), Ghent University, Technologiepark 927, B-9052 Ghent, Belgium

Genome Biology 2004, 5:250  doi:10.1186/gb-2004-5-12-250

Published: 25 November 2004

Abstract

An evolutionary hypothesis suggested by studies of the genome of the tiger pufferfish Takifugu rubripes has now been confirmed by comparison with the genome of a close relative, the spotted green pufferfish Tetraodon nigroviridis. Ray-finned fish underwent a whole-genome duplication some 350 million years ago that might explain their evolutionary success.