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Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) are one of the most widely distributed non-human primate species found in South Africa. They occur across all the South African provinces, inhabiting a large variety of habitats. These habitats vary sufficiently that it...

["Anthropology","Biodiversity","Biogeography","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26577v2
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The epigenome regulates the gene expression of all differentiated cells and indicates which specific genes must be transcribed. It is argued that the expression factors that act on specific genes of the somatic cell involved in a behavior also act on the transcription...

["Animal Behavior","Ecology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26862v2
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Background. Cytoplasmic male sterility (CMS) is a common phenotype in higher plants, which often is associated with rearrangements in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), and is widely used to produce hybrid seeds in a variety of valuable crop species. The CMS phenomenon...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Genomics","Plant Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26438v2
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Almost a decade ago, the sequencing of ancient DNA from archaic humans - Neanderthals and Denisovans - revealed that modern and archaic humans interbred at least twice during the Pleistocene. The field of human paleogenomics has now turned its attention towards...

["Anthropology","Evolutionary Studies","Genetics","Genomics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26782v2
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Metabarcoding studies often employ degenerate primers to reduce amplification bias and increase the number of detected taxa. However, degeneracy has the disadvantage of lowering binding specificity although the exact mechanisms and potential biases introduced by...

["Biochemistry","Bioinformatics","Genetics","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26763v1
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Time-resolved phylogenetic methods use information about the time of sample collection to estimate the rate of evolution. Originally, the models used to estimate evolutionary rates were quite simple, assuming that all lineages evolve at the same rate, an assumption...

["Bioinformatics","Genetics","Computational Science"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26744v1
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Habitat fragmentation is one of the main threats to the biodiversity and one of the main challenges faced by conservation biology. This study assessed the effects of habitat fragmentation on the genetic variability of the blue manakin Chiroxiphia caudata, an endemic...

["Conservation Biology","Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26742v1
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Background. Telomeres in Drosophila melanogaster are similar to those of other eukaryotes in terms of their function, although they are formed by non-LTR retrotransposons instead of telomerase-based short repeats. The length of the telomeres in Drosophila depends...

["Genetics"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26708v1
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Mycelial compatibility, the ability for fungal isolates to grow together and form one single colony, was defined for Sclerotinia sclerotiorum nearly 30 years ago and has since been used as a marker to describe clonal variation in population genetic studies. While...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Mycology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26670v1
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Deep sea lobsters are highly valued for seafood and provide the basis of important commercial fisheries in many parts of the world. Despite their economic significance, relatively little is known about their natural diets. Microscopic analyses of foregut content...

["Aquaculture, Fisheries and Fish Science","Bioinformatics","Genetics","Marine Biology","Molecular Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26667v1
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The capacity for language is one of the key features underlying the complexity of human cognition and its evolution. However, little is known about the neurobiological mechanisms that mediate normal or impaired linguistic ability. For developmental dyslexia, early...

["Developmental Biology","Genetics","Neuroscience","Anatomy and Physiology","Cognitive Disorders"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26637v1
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Sugarbirds are a family of two socially-monogamous passerine species endemic to southern Africa. Cape and Gurney’s Sugarbird (Promerops cafer and P. gurneyi) differ in abundance, dispersion across their range and in the degree of sexual dimorphism in tail length,...

["Biodiversity","Conservation Biology","Genetics","Zoology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26619v1
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Recent studies indicate that the gut microbiome is partially heritable, motivating the need to investigate microbiome-host genome associations via microbial genome-wide association studies (mGWAS). Existing mGWAS demonstrate that microbiome-host genotypes associations...

["Genetics","Microbiology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26615v1
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The clonal, necrotrophic plant pathogen, Sclerotinia sclerotiorum is the causal agent of white mold on soybean, causing significant losses for Brazilian farmers each year. While assessments of population structure and clonal dynamics can be beneficial for determining...

["Agricultural Science","Genetics","Mycology","Population Biology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26600v1
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Honey bee colonies suffer from various pathogens, including honey bee viruses. About 24 viruses have been reported so far. However, six of them are considered to cause severe infection which inflicts heavy losses on beekeeping. The aim of this study is to detect...

["Biodiversity","Entomology","Genetics","Virology"]
doi:10.7287/peerj.preprints.26595v1
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