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Biol Lett. 2010 Aug 23;6(4):502-4. doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2009.0969. Epub 2010 Jan 27.

Landscape evolutionary genomics.

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  • University Program in Genetics and Genomics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710, USA. davidbryantlowry@gmail.com


Tremendous advances in genetic and genomic techniques have resulted in the capacity to identify genes involved in adaptive evolution across numerous biological systems. One of the next major steps in evolutionary biology will be to determine how landscape-level geographical and environmental features are involved in the distribution of this functional adaptive genetic variation. Here, I outline how an emerging synthesis of multiple disciplines has and will continue to facilitate a deeper understanding of the ways in which heterogeneity of the natural landscapes mould the genomes of organisms.

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