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Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation

Overview of attention for article published in Science, December 2014
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15 news outlets
13 blogs
93 tweeters
3 Facebook pages
5 Google+ users
1 Redditor


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729 Mendeley
2 CiteULike
Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation
Published in
Science, December 2014
DOI 10.1126/science.1251385
Pubmed ID

G. Zhang, C. Li, Q. Li, B. Li, D. M. Larkin, C. Lee, J. F. Storz, A. Antunes, M. J. Greenwold, R. W. Meredith, A. Odeen, J. Cui, Q. Zhou, L. Xu, H. Pan, Z. Wang, L. Jin, P. Zhang, H. Hu, W. Yang, J. Hu, J. Xiao, Z. Yang, Y. Liu, Q. Xie, H. Yu, J. Lian, P. Wen, F. Zhang, H. Li, Y. Zeng, Z. Xiong, S. Liu, L. Zhou, Z. Huang, N. An, J. Wang, Q. Zheng, Y. Xiong, G. Wang, B. Wang, J. Wang, Y. Fan, R. R. da Fonseca, A. Alfaro-Nunez, M. Schubert, L. Orlando, T. Mourier, J. T. Howard, G. Ganapathy, A. Pfenning, O. Whitney, M. V. Rivas, E. Hara, J. Smith, M. Farre, J. Narayan, G. Slavov, M. N. Romanov, R. Borges, J. P. Machado, I. Khan, M. S. Springer, J. Gatesy, F. G. Hoffmann, J. C. Opazo, O. Hastad, R. H. Sawyer, H. Kim, K.-W. Kim, H. J. Kim, S. Cho, N. Li, Y. Huang, M. W. Bruford, X. Zhan, A. Dixon, M. F. Bertelsen, E. Derryberry, W. Warren, R. K. Wilson, S. Li, D. A. Ray, R. E. Green, S. J. O'Brien, D. Griffin, W. E. Johnson, D. Haussler, O. A. Ryder, E. Willerslev, G. R. Graves, P. Alstrom, J. Fjeldsa, D. P. Mindell, S. V. Edwards, E. L. Braun, C. Rahbek, D. W. Burt, P. Houde, Y. Zhang, H. Yang, J. Wang, E. D. Jarvis, M. T. P. Gilbert, J. Wang, C. Ye, S. Liang, Z. Yan, M. L. Zepeda, P. F. Campos, A. M. V. Velazquez, J. A. Samaniego, M. Avila-Arcos, M. D. Martin, R. Barnett, A. M. Ribeiro, C. V. Mello, P. V. Lovell, D. Almeida, E. Maldonado, J. Pereira, K. Sunagar, S. Philip, M. G. Dominguez-Bello, M. Bunce, D. Lambert, R. T. Brumfield, F. H. Sheldon, E. C. Holmes, P. P. Gardner, T. E. Steeves, P. F. Stadler, S. W. Burge, E. Lyons, J. Smith, F. McCarthy, F. Pitel, D. Rhoads, D. P. Froman


Birds are the most species-rich class of tetrapod vertebrates and have wide relevance across many research fields. We explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades. The avian genome is principally characterized by its constrained size, which predominantly arose because of lineage-specific erosion of repetitive elements, large segmental deletions, and gene loss. Avian genomes furthermore show a remarkably high degree of evolutionary stasis at the levels of nucleotide sequence, gene synteny, and chromosomal structure. Despite this pattern of conservation, we detected many non-neutral evolutionary changes in protein-coding genes and noncoding regions. These analyses reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 24 3%
Germany 10 1%
United Kingdom 5 <1%
Brazil 4 <1%
Denmark 3 <1%
China 3 <1%
France 2 <1%
Sweden 2 <1%
Netherlands 2 <1%
Other 21 3%
Unknown 653 90%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 204 28%
Researcher 145 20%
Student > Master 114 16%
Student > Bachelor 69 9%
Professor 35 5%
Other 162 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 450 62%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 133 18%
Unspecified 51 7%
Environmental Science 19 3%
Computer Science 14 2%
Other 62 9%

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