Prospects & Overviews
Genome-wide approaches to the study of adaptive gene expression evolution
Systematic studies of evolutionary adaptations involving gene expression will allow many fundamental questions in evolutionary biology to be addressed
Article first published online: 28 APR 2011
Copyright © 2011 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 33, Issue 6, pages 469–477, June 2011
How to Cite
Fraser, H. B. (2011), Genome-wide approaches to the study of adaptive gene expression evolution. Bioessays, 33: 469–477. doi: 10.1002/bies.201000094
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2011
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2011
- gene expression;
The role of gene expression in evolutionary adaptation has been a subject of debate for over 40 years. cis-regulation of transcription has been proposed to be the primary source of morphological novelty in evolution, though this is based on only a handful of examples. Recently the first genome-wide studies of gene expression adaptation have been published, giving us an initial global view of this process. Systematic studies such as these will allow a number of key questions currently facing the field of gene expression evolution to be addressed.