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Single-copy nuclear genes resolve the phylogeny of the holometabolous insects

Overview of attention for article published in BMC Biology, June 2009
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Single-copy nuclear genes resolve the phylogeny of the holometabolous insects
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BMC Biology, June 2009
DOI 10.1186/1741-7007-7-34
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Brian M Wiegmann, Michelle D Trautwein, Jung-Wook Kim, Brian K Cassel, Matthew A Bertone, Shaun L Winterton, David K Yeates


Evolutionary relationships among the 11 extant orders of insects that undergo complete metamorphosis, called Holometabola, remain either unresolved or contentious, but are extremely important as a context for accurate comparative biology of insect model organisms. The most phylogenetically enigmatic holometabolan insects are Strepsiptera or twisted wing parasites, whose evolutionary relationship to any other insect order is unconfirmed. They have been controversially proposed as the closest relatives of the flies, based on rDNA, and a possible homeotic transformation in the common ancestor of both groups that would make the reduced forewings of Strepsiptera homologous to the reduced hindwings of Diptera. Here we present evidence from nucleotide sequences of six single-copy nuclear protein coding genes used to reconstruct phylogenetic relationships and estimate evolutionary divergence times for all holometabolan orders.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 10 3%
Germany 9 3%
United Kingdom 6 2%
Brazil 4 1%
Japan 2 <1%
South Africa 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
China 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Other 1 <1%
Unknown 268 88%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 76 25%
Researcher 65 21%
Student > Master 52 17%
Student > Bachelor 26 9%
Professor 18 6%
Other 55 18%
Unknown 12 4%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 221 73%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 29 10%
Environmental Science 10 3%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 1%
Computer Science 3 <1%
Other 16 5%
Unknown 21 7%

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