Genes lost during the transition from land to water in cetaceans highlight genomic changes associated with aquatic adaptations

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Science Advances  25 Sep 2019:
Vol. 5, no. 9, eaaw6671
DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw6671

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  • Received for publication January 14, 2019
  • Accepted for publication August 28, 2019
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  1. Matthias Huelsmann1,2,3,*,,
  2. Nikolai Hecker1,2,3,
  3. Mark S. Springer4,
  4. John Gatesy4,5,
  5. Virag Sharma1,2,3,,§,|| and
  6. Michael Hiller1,2,3,
  1. 1Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, 01307 Dresden, Germany.
  2. 2Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems, 01187 Dresden, Germany.
  3. 3Center for Systems Biology Dresden, 01307 Dresden, Germany.
  4. 4Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA.
  5. 5Division of Vertebrate Zoology and Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 10024, USA.
  1. Corresponding author. Email: hiller{at}
  • * Present address: Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zurich, 8092 Zürich, Switzerland.

  • Present address: Department of Environmental Microbiology, Eawag, 8600 Dübendorf, Switzerland.

  • Present address: CRTD-DFG Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Carl Gustav Carus Faculty of Medicine, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.

  • § Present address: Paul Langerhans Institute Dresden (PLID) of the Helmholtz Center Munich at University Hospital Carl Gustav Carus and Faculty of Medicine, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany.

  • || Present address: German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), Munich, Neuherberg, Germany.


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