Researchers from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, a joint center of the CSIC and UPF, have identified 300 mobile elements of DNA that contribute to adaptation to the environment, a key aspect to the evolution of species. Published in PLOS Genetics, it is the most extensive study to date, analyzing the mobile elements of DNA from 60 natural populations of fruit flies. The work sheds light on the adaptive mechanisms involved in stress response, embryonic development, or behavior.
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