Mimicry mystery


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Article reads: A European team of researchers has discovered why butterflies have the capacity to change their wing patterns to mimic neighbouring species and ensure their survival from bird attacks. Published in the journal Nature, the study pieces together the puzzle that has intrigued scientists for so many years, Darwin included. The findings bring to light how genomic rearrangements can play a key role in the co-existence of adaptive phenotypes involving various genes working together, by limiting recombination and gene flow.

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