About this Research Topic
One aim of this Research Topic is to better understand the evolutionary processes that underlie mt genome diversity in animals (and also other organisms). Furthermore, some characters, such as atypical secondary structures of transfer RNAs, which have been consistently found in nematodes, insects, spiders, mites and ticks, have potential value to decipher the phylogeny and evolution of animals at a higher level (class, order or family).
This Research Topic also aims to disentangle the phylogeny and evolution of such animal groups at a wide scale, using characters of mt genomes. Overall, this Research Topic will help in elucidating the genetic, life history, and ecological factors that contribute to the evolutionary dynamics of mt genomes in animals.
Keywords: mtDNA evolution, Genome size and structure, Gene number and arrangement, Horizontal transfer of mitochondrial genes, Atypical tRNAs
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