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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


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.

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