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Auk Editor Pick - Redefining “Species”: New Species Concept Based on Mitochondrial & Nuclear DNA Coadaptation


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What is a species? Biologists—and ornithologists in particular—have been debating the best definition for a very long time. A new commentary published in The Auk: Ornithological Advances proposes a novel concept: that species can be defined based on the unique coadaptations between their two genomes, one in the nuclei of their cells and the other in their mitochondria. Read the press release at https://americanornithologypubsblog.org/2017/03/08/redefining-species-new-species-concept-based-on-mitochondrial-nuclear-dna-coadaptation/.

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