A central goal of biology is to uncover the genetic basis for the origin of new phenotypes. A particularly effective approach is to examine the genomic architecture of species that have secondarily lost a phenotype with respect to their close relatives. In the eusocial Hymenoptera, queens and workers have divergent phenotypes that may be produced via either expression of alternative sets of caste-specific genes and pathways or differences in expression patterns of a shared set of multifunctional genes.
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Smith, C. R., Cahan, S. H., Kemena, C., Brady, S. G., Yang, W., Bornberg-Bauer, E., . . . Mikheyev, A. (2015). How Do Genomes Create Novel Phenotypes? Insights from the Loss of the Worker Caste in Ant Social Parasites. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 32(11), 2919-2931. doi:10.1093/molbev/msv165