Curious butterflies are genetically different

Neil Jones neil at
Wed Apr 20 09:36:55 EDT 2011

Understanding mechanisms that are fundamental to changes in life history 
traits is crucial for our understanding of adaption by natural 
selection. While research in this field has improved, functional 
genomics studies of life history adaptations have only started to get 
off the ground. A team of scientists from Finland and the US are helping 
drive this research. They have found that descendants of 'exploratory' 
butterflies that colonised new habitats are genetically different from 
their cousins that prefer to stay put.
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