Section Editor: Evolutionary developmental biology and morphology
- Sylvie Mazan, CNRS
Section Editor: Experimental evolution
- Michael Brockhurst, University of York
Section Editors: Genome evolution and evolutionary systems biology
- Maria Anisimova, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
- David Liberles, Temple University
- Arndt von Haeseler, Max F Perutz Laboratories
Section Editors: Phylogenetics and phylogeography
- Herve Philippe, Centre for Biodiversity Theory and Modelling
Section Editor: Speciation and evolutionary genetics
- Hirohisa Kishino, University of Tokyo
Section Editor: Theories and models
- Susanna C. Manrubia, Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC-INTA
- Christopher Foote, BioMed Central
The cheek glands of male red-spotted newts produce a high diversity of pheromones, suggesting that attracting females through cheek rubbing might be a more widespread behaviour in salamanders than is currently appreciated.
Extraordinarily preserved fossils provide the first evidence of chaetae (or bristles) in molluscs over 500 million years old, but beg the question of why they evolved: increased competition, sensory purposes, or even to mimic sponges?
Drosophila melanogaster shows a natural latitudinal cline in the duration of night time sleep, such that populations originating in equatorial America sleep in bouts twice as long as northern American populations.
Earwig mothers, who care for their offspring for several months post-hatching, line their nests with both their own and their offspring’s faeces to provide protection against infectious bacteria and fungi, an interesting form of social immunity.
Commonly used models can often underestimate the true number of multiple nucleotide substitutions, due to the problem of mutation saturation; a new method of estimating the decline in transition/transversion ratio over time can test substitution model performance.
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Volume 15 Suppl 1 (2 February 2015)
Selected articles from the IX International Conference on the Bioinformatics of Genome Regulation and Structure\Systems Biology (BGRS\SB-2014): Evolutionary Biology
Novosibirsk, Russia. 23-28 June 2014