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Transposable element islands facilitate adaptation to novel environments in an invasive species

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urn:nbn:de:bvb:355-epub-313897
Oettler, Jan ; Schrader, Lukas ; Kim, Jay W. ; Ence, Daniel ; Zimin, Aleksey ; Klein, Antonia ; Wyschetzki, Katharina ; Weichselgartner, Tobias ; Kemena, Carsten ; Stöckl, Johannes ; Schultner, Eva ; Wurm, Yannik ; Smith, Christopher D. ; Yandell, Mark ; Heinze, Jürgen ; Gadau, Jürgen
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Abstract

Adaptation requires genetic variation, but founder populations are generally genetically depleted. Here we sequence two populations of an inbred ant that diverge in phenotype to determine how variability is generated. Cardiocondyla obscurior has the smallest of the sequenced ant genomes and its structure suggests a fundamental role of transposable elements (TEs) in adaptive evolution. ...

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