Biology Faculty Articles

Title

Comparative Genomics Reveals Insights into Avian Genome Evolution and Adaptation

Authors

Guojie Zhang, BGI-Shenzhen - China; University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Cai Li, BGI-Shenzhen - China; University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Qiye Li, BGI-Shenzhen - China; University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Bo Li, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Denis M. Larkin, University of London - United Kingdom
Chul Lee, Seoul National University - Republic of Korea
Jay F. Storz, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Agostinho Antunes, Universidade do Porto - Portugal
Matthew J. Greenwold, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Robert W. Meredith, Montclair State University
Anders Odeen, Uppsala University - Sweden
Jie Cui, University of Sydney - Australia; Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School - Singapore
Qi Zhou, University of California - Berkeley
Luohao Xu, BGI-Shenzhen - China; Wuhan University - China
Hailin Pan, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Zongji Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China; South China University of Technology
Lijun Jin, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Pei Zhang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Haofu Hu, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Wei Yang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Jiang Hu, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Jin Xiao, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Zhikai Yang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Yang Liu, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Qiaolin Xie, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Hao Yu, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Jinmin Lian, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Ping Wen, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Fang Zhang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Hui Li, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Yongli Zeng, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Zijun Xiong, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Shiping Liu, BGI-Shenzhen - China; South China University of Technology
Long Zhou, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Zhiyong Huang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Na An, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Jie Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences
Qiumei Zheng, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Yingqi Xiong, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Guangbiao Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Bo Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Jingjing Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Yu Fan, Kunming Institute of Zoology - China
Rute R. da Fonseca, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Alonzo Alfaro-Nunez, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Mikkel Schubert, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Ludovic Orlando, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Tobias Mourier, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Jason T. Howard, Duke University
Ganeshkumar Ganapathy, Duke University
Andreas Pfenning, Duke University
Osceola Whitney, Duke University
Miram V. Rivas, Duke University
Erina Hara, Duke University
Julia Smith, Duke University
Marta Farre, University of London - United Kingdom
Jitendra Narayan, Aberystwyth University - United Kingdom
Gancho Slavov, Aberystwyth University - United Kingdom
MIchael N. Romanov, University of Kent - United Kingdom
Rui Borges, Universidade do Porto - Portugal
Joao Paulo Machado, Universidade do Porto - Portugal
Imran Khan, Universidade do Porto - Portugal
Mark S. Springer, University of California - Riverside
John Gatesy, University of California - Riverside
Frederico G. Hoffmann, Mississippi State University
Juan C. Opazo, Universidad Austral de Chile
Olle Hastad, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Roger H. Sawyer, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Heebal Kim, Seoul National University - Republic of Korea; Seoul National University - Republic of Korea
Kyu-Won Kim, Seoul National University - Republic of Korea
Hyeon Jeong Kim, Seoul National University - Republic of Korea
Seoae Cho, Seoul National University - Republic of Korea
Ning Li, China Agricultural University
Yinhua Huang, China Agricultural University
Michael W. Bruford, Cardiff University - United Kingdom
Xiangjiang Zhan, Cardiff University - United Kingdom; Chinese Academy of Sciences
Andrew Dixon, International Wildlife Consultants Ltd.
Mads F. Bertelsen, Copenhagen Zoo - Denmark
Elizabeth Derryberry, Tulane University; Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Wesley Warren, Washington University
Richard K. Wilson, Washington University
Shengbin Li, Xi'an Jiaotong University - China
David A. Ray, Mississippi State University
Richard E. Green, University of California - Santa Cruz
Stephen J. O'Brien, St. Petersburg State University - Russia; Nova Southeastern UniversityFollow
Darren Griffin, University of Kent - United Kingdom
Warren E. Johnson, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
David Haussler, University of California - Santa Cruz
Oliver A. Ryder, San Diego Zoo
Eske Willerslev, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Gary R. Graves, United States National Museum of Natural History; University of Copenhagen - Denmark
Per Alstrom, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
Jon Fjeldsa, University of Copenhagen - Denmark
David P. Mindell, University of California - San Francisco
Scott V. Edwards, Harvard University
Edward L. Braun, University of Florida
Carsten Rahbek, University of Copenhagen - Denmark; Imperial College London - United Kingdom
David W. Burt, University of Edinburgh - United Kingdom
Peter Houde, New Mexico State University
Yong Zhang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Huanming Yang, BGI-Shenzhen - China; King Abdulaziz University - Saudi Arabia
Jian Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China
Avian Genome Consortium
Erich D. Jarvis, Duke University
M. Thomas P. Gilbert, University of Copenhagen - Denmark; Curtin University - Perth, Australia
Jun Wang, BGI-Shenzhen - China; University of Copenhagen - Denmark; King Abdulaziz University - Saudi Arabia; Macau University of Science and Technology - China; University of Hong Kong - China

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-12-2014

Publication Title

Science

ISSN

0036-8075

Volume

346

Issue/No.

6215

First Page

1311

Last Page

1320

Abstract

Birds are the most species-rich class of tetrapod vertebrates and have wide relevance across many research fields. We explored bird macroevolution using full genomes from 48 avian species representing all major extant clades. The avian genome is principally characterized by its constrained size, which predominantly arose because of lineage-specific erosion of repetitive elements, large segmental deletions, and gene loss. Avian genomes furthermore show a remarkably high degree of evolutionary stasis at the levels of nucleotide sequence, gene synteny, and chromosomal structure. Despite this pattern of conservation, we detected many non-neutral evolutionary changes in protein-coding genes and noncoding regions. These analyses reveal that pan-avian genomic diversity covaries with adaptations to different lifestyles and convergent evolution of traits.

Comments

©2014 American Association for the Advancement of Science

Additional Comments

Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship grant #: 300837; Danish National Research Foundation grant #: DNRF94; Lundbeck Foundation grant #: R52-A5062; Danish Council for Independent Research Grant #: 10-081390; Howard Hughes Medical Institute and NIH Directors Pioneer award #: DP10D000448

ORCID ID

0000-0001-7353-8301

ResearcherID

N-1726-2015

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