Pumping Wings: Muscles Make Migrating Monarchs Unique

A major study by Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution faculty member Dr. Jaap C. De Roode that sequenced the genomes of monarch butterflies from around the world identified a gene related to muscle function that appears central to the monarch’s spectacular annual mass migration across North America. The findings, published in Nature also traced the evolutionary origins of monarchs to North America, instead of South America as was previously hypothesized, and identified a gene related to the butterfly’s distinctive orange-and-black coloration. Click here to read full article on esciencecommons.blogspot.com.