Evolutionary divergence of AP-PCR (RAPD) patterns

Luis Espinasa, Richard Borowsky

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Abstract

Rates at which AP-PCR patterns diverge among isolated taxa were examined to test whether they exhibit clocklike regularity. The results showed that rates of divergence differed significantly among the groups examined (primates, antelopes, and Hawaiian Drosophila grimshawi). Therefore, AP-PCR divergence rates cannot be used as a 'universal clock' with an invariant rate in all animals. Nevertheless, within each group, a strong relationship existed between degree of AP-PCR pattern divergence and time since separation of isolated taxa. Thus, AP-PCR divergence may prove useful for dating evolutionary events if calibrated within a more limited taxon.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)408-414
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Biology and Evolution
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1998

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Keywords

  • AP-PCR
  • Clocklike behavior
  • Gene hornology
  • Phylogeny
  • RAPD

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  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Molecular Biology

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Evolutionary divergence of AP-PCR (RAPD) patterns. / Espinasa, Luis; Borowsky, Richard.

In: Molecular Biology and Evolution, Vol. 15, No. 4, 04.1998, p. 408-414.

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