The star-nosed mole of North America and the naked mole rat of East Africa are both blind. They underwent the same adapatation to living underground, although they are different species separated by thousands of miles. Marine mammals like manatees and dolphins underwent shared adaptations to aquatic life. What could the convergence of independent physical changes reveal about the evolution of the genes responsible for those physical changes? The labs of Maria Chikina and Nathan Clark explore this evolution relying on CRC resources for computation tasks to compare rates of evolution for a gene in one species to rates of evolution for a gene in another species.
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