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Insects converge on resistance

In a remarkable example of convergent evolution, insect species spanning 300 million years of divergence have evolved identical single-amino-acid substitutions that confer resistance to plant cardenolide toxins.

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Figure 1: Hierarchy of adaptation.

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Whiteman, N., Mooney, K. Insects converge on resistance. Nature 489, 376–377 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/489376a

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