Special Issue "Vertebrate Karyotype Evolution: How Far Have We Come, and Where Are We Going?"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2021).
Interests: comparative genomics; cytogenetics; karyotype evolution; molecular genetics; repetitive DNA; sex chromosome evolution; sex determination
With around 70,000 living species, vertebrates include many commercially important and model species, as well as popular nonmodel species with historically enormous importance in research on any field of biology, including karyotype evolution. The most prominent aspects of karyotype evolution in vertebrates involve the variability in sex chromosomes and sex determination systems, the reconstruction of chromosomal rearrangements, the dynamics of repetitive elements, polyploidization, and genome duplication, just to name a few. Although some vertebrate groups are more well-studied, the advent of modern genetic, cytogenetic, genomic and bioinformatic approaches has offered the opportunity to test long-standing hypotheses in both model and nonmodel taxa and led to a resurgence of interest in previously intractable groups. However, there is still much to be discovered across vertebrates. In this Special Issue, we will assemble both conceptual reviews and case studies that expand our knowledge on the dynamic nature of karyotype evolution in vertebrates, both model and nonmodel, using the latest approaches, tools, and methods.
Dr. Michail T Rovatsos
Dr. Stuart V. Nielsen
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- chromosomal rearrangements
- sex chromosomes
- genome evolution
- karyotype evolution