HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Natural selection's fingerprint identified on fruit fly evolution

Researchers at the University of Rochester have produced compelling evidence of how the hand of natural selection caused one species of fruit fly to split into two more than 2 million years ago. The study, appearing in today's issue of Nature, answers one of evolutionary biologists' most basic questions--how do species divide--by looking at the very DNA responsible for the division. Understanding why certain genes evolve the way they do during speciation can shed light on some of the least understood aspects of evolution.

"The study of speciation has a reputation for wild speculation because every time we find a curious genetic element, we suspect it of causing speciation," says Daven Presgraves, lead author on the study and postdoctoral fellow at the University. "We know embarrassingly little about a core process in evolutionary biology, but now we've nailed down the exact sequence of a gene that we know was involved in keeping two species separated. We can see that it was natural selection that made the gene the way it is."

The study breaks ground in two ways: First, it's the first time that a gene known to be involved in speciation has had its DNA fully revealed.

Presgraves and colleagues found 20 regions that differed on the chromosomes of two species of fruit flies that were estimated to have diverged in evolution 2.5 million years ago--fairly recently in evolutionary terms. He then needed to find a gene in one of those regions that was responsible for preventing successful reproduction between the two species. If the species could reproduce, then they could swap genes back and forth and thus would not be truly separate species. Something would have to prevent the transfer of genes, and in the case of Presgraves' fruit flies, that something was the proclivity for hybrid larvae to die before maturing into adults.

He found his gene, called Nup 96, that always prevented a hybrid of the two species from living to reproduce, and he se
'"/>

Contact: Jonathan Sherwood
Jonathan.Sherwood@Rochester.edu
585-273-4726
University of Rochester
12-Jun-2003


Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Natural mineral locks up carbon dioxide
2. Naturalists of the Isthmus of Panama
3. Natural selection at work in genetic variation to taste
4. Natural, man-made mix promises biggest landscape plant growth
5. Natural enemies help scientists untangle tropical forest food webs
6. Natural killer cellers are made, not born
7. Natural selection in a nutshell
8. Natural fat compound may be basis for new class of drugs targeting obesity
9. Natural hormone could reverse heart damage
10. New biography details adventures of Fritz Muller, A Naturalist in Brazil
11. UC Riversides David Reznick receives 2003 E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Natural selection fingerprint identified fruit fly evolution

(Date:10/17/2014)... critical and pertinent for practicing physicians and clinicians given ... The Journal, Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness ... Public Health, to surround the public, medical professionals and ... , On October 17, the journal published ... was prepared by Dr. Eric Toner, internist and emergency ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... This news release is available in German . ... for only a very few drugs. When treating overdoses, doctors ... Treatment is especially difficult if there is a combination of ... is playing and accidentally swallows his grandmother,s pills? ETH professor ... Zurich wanted to find an answer to this question. "The ...
(Date:10/16/2014)... have a new synthesis of recent research findings to ... in the two states. , The Ecology and ... Washington: A Synthesis of the Relevant Biophysical Science and ... published by the U.S. Forest Service,s Pacific Northwest Research ... managers for a synthesis of the large body of ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Emergency aid for overdoses 2Emergency aid for overdoses 3New report synthesizes best available science on management of moist mixed-conifer forests 2
(Date:10/19/2014)... 2014 The Asian Automatic patient billing ... analysis and forecast of revenue. The Automatic patient billing ... $463.9 million by 2018, at a developing CAGR of ... TOC of the Asian Automatic patient billing market, to ... also provides a glimpse of the segmentation of this ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... The report "Unmanned Ground Vehicle Market ... Payload, Type & by Geography - Forecasts & ... ground vehicle market into various sub segments with ... The report also identifies the factors driving this ... with the adoption trends. , The unmanned ground ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... 18, 2014 The report "1,6-Hexanediol ... and Forecasts to 2019", analyzes the global market ... to understand the industry details such as the ... various geographic regions. , Browse 81 Market Data ... and in-depth TOC on “1,6-Hexanediol Market by Application ...
(Date:10/18/2014)... The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market report ... and forecast of revenue. The electronic medical record market in ... by 2018, at a CAGR of 9.4% from 2013 to ... Medical Record (EMR) market, to get an idea of the ... segmentation of the market in the same region, and is ...
Breaking Biology Technology:The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Automatic patient billing market is estimated to grow to around $463.9 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 2Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 3Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 4Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) Market Estimated to Reach $8.26 Billion by 2020 - New Research Report by MarketsandMarkets 51,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 21,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 31,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 41,6-Hexanediol Market Projected to Reach $916.1 Million at a CAGR of 8.3% by 2019 – Report by MarketsandMarkets 5The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 2The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 3The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 4The Asian Electronic Medical Record (EMR) market is estimated to grow to $2,328.0 million by 2018 - New Report by MicroMarket Monitor 5
Cached News: