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Hotspots for evolution

Two studies of fruitflies suggest that although development relies on a diverse toolkit of genes, the evolution of physical characteristics might be powered by variation in just a few of these tools.

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Richardson, M., Brakefield, P. Hotspots for evolution. Nature 424, 894–895 (2003). https://doi.org/10.1038/424894a

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