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Reproductive Isolation in the Elegans-Group of Caenorhabditis
Natural Science
  • Scott Everet Baird, Wright State University - Main Campus
  • Sara Rose Seibert, Wright State University - Main Campus
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Reproductive isolation is the basis of the Biological Species Definition and can be a driving force of speciation. Theoretical studies have provided models of how reproductive isolation can arise within individual species. Genetic tests of these models are limited to populations in which reproductive isolation is present but not complete. Here, reproductive isolation in the Elgans-Group of the nematode genus Caenorhabditis is reviewed. Pre-mating barriers, assortative fertilization and post-zygotic barriers all have been observed in this clade. In some combinations of species, fertile F1 hybrids can be obtained. Therefore, the Elegans-Group of Caenorhabditis is poised to become an important experimental system for the study of reproductive isolation.
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Scott Everet Baird and Sara Rose Seibert. "Reproductive Isolation in the Elegans-Group of Caenorhabditis" Natural Science Vol. 5 Iss. 4A (2013) p. 18 - 25 ISSN: 21504091
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