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Repeated phenotypic changes highlight molecular targets of convergent evolution

Maggie R Wagner and Thomas Mitchell-Olds*

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University Program in Genetics and Genomics, Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy Box 90338, Duke University, Durham, NC 27708, USA

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Genome Biology 2011, 12:124  doi:10.1186/gb-2011-12-8-124

Published: 23 August 2011

Abstract

How predictable is evolution at the molecular level? An example of repeated evolution in rice and Brassica illustrates how selection might preferentially target certain genes and mutations.

Keywords:
Convergence; parallel evolution; cis-regulatory evolution; fruit development; Brassica; natural selection; artificial selection; pleiotropy