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Evolutionary genetics

Origins of reproductive isolation

A rare example of gene incompatibility between two species of budding yeast has been found. This discovery of elusive 'speciation' genes adds to other reproductive-isolation mechanisms operating in yeasts.

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Figure 1: Hybrid sterility due to incompatibility between nuclear and mitochondrial genomes.


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Louis, E. Origins of reproductive isolation. Nature 457, 549–550 (2009).

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