Scientists Construct the Evolutionary History of Butterflies with New DNA Advances

August 1, 2014 11:41 AM

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Scientists Construct the Evolutionary History of Butterflies with New DNA Advances

With their colorful patterns and bright wings, butterflies have captured the hearts and imaginations of people across the globe. Now, scientists are learning a bit more about these beautiful insects; they've traced nearly 3,000 genes to find the earliest common ancestor of butterflies and moths, creating an extensive evolutionary tree.

In order to learn more about the evolutionary roots of butterflies, the researchers employed next-generation sequencing, which is a method used to rapidly process large amounts of DNA. The scientists developed an initial sample of 46 species that represent many of the most bio diverse groups of moth...

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