Evolutionary Relationships of Enzymes in the Genus Drosophila

  • Glen E. Collier
  • Ross J. Macintyre
  • David Featherston
Part of the Monographs in Evolutionary Biology book series (MEBI)


While basking in the dawn of the age of DNA sequence data, this is an opportune time for us, as Drosophila evolutionary biologists, to take both a retrospective and prospective look at what the now traditional analyses of protein evolution have told us, and still can tell us, about the history of our favorite genus. The genus Drosophila is an extraordinarily rich testing ground for the evolutionary potential of molecular data. It is old enough so the evolutionary rates of change of conserved molecules can be measured, yet many speci-ation events are comparatively recent. Hence, the more ephemeral events involved in genome reorganization can be traced as well. This chapter will summarize and expand on the the conclusions of an earlier effort (MacIntyre and Collier, 1986), and, present new data on the evolutionary rates of change of several enzymes. In addition, we will examine in more detail the remarkable correspondence between allozyme and chromosome based phylogenies of several species groups.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glen E. Collier
    • 1
  • Ross J. Macintyre
    • 2
  • David Featherston
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesIllinois State UniversityNormalUSA
  2. 2.Section of Genetics and DevelopmentCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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