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    • Convergent evolution of marine mammals is associated with distinct substitutions in common genes 

      Zhou, Xuming; Seim, Inge; Gladyshev, Vadim N. (Nature Publishing Group, 2015)
      Phenotypic convergence is thought to be driven by parallel substitutions coupled with natural selection at the sequence level. Multiple independent evolutionary transitions of mammals to an aquatic environment offer an ...
    • The loss of taste genes in cetaceans 

      Zhu, Kangli; Zhou, Xuming; Xu, Shixia; Sun, Di; Ren, Wenhua; Zhou, Kaiya; Yang, Guang (BioMed Central, 2014)
      Background: Five basic taste modalities, sour, sweet, bitter, salt and umami, can be distinguished by humans and are fundamental for physical and ecological adaptations in mammals. Molecular genetic studies of the receptor ...
    • The transcriptome of the bowhead whale Balaena mysticetus reveals adaptations of the longest-lived mammal 

      Seim, Inge; Ma, Siming; Zhou, Xuming; Gerashchenko, Maxim V.; Lee, Sang-Goo; Suydam, Robert; George, John C.; Bickham, John W.; Gladyshev, Vadim N. (Impact Journals LLC, 2014)
      Mammals vary dramatically in lifespan, by at least two-orders of magnitude, but the molecular basis for this difference remains largely unknown. The bowhead whale Balaena mysticetus is the longest-lived mammal known, with ...