Data on Biology Detailed by Researchers at University of Copenhagen (Mitochondrial genome diversity and population structure of the giant squid Architeuthis: genetics sheds new light on one of the most enigmatic marine species)
By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Investigators publish new report on Life Science Research. According to news reporting originating in Copenhagen, Denmark, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "Despite its charismatic appeal to both scientists and the general public, remarkably little is known about the giant squid Architeuthis, one of the largest of the invertebrates. Although specimens of Architeuthis are becoming more readily available owing to the advancement of deep-sea fishing techniques, considerable controversy exists with regard to topics as varied as their taxonomy, biology and even behaviour."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Copenhagen, "In this study, we have characterized the mitochondrial genome (mitogenome) diversity of 43 Architeuthis samples collected from across the range of the species, in order to use genetic information to provide new and otherwise difficult to obtain insights into the life of this animal. The results show no detectable phylogenetic structure at the mitochondrial level and, furthermore, that the level of nucleotide diversity is exceptionally low. These observations are consistent with the hypotheses that there is only one global species of giant squid, Architeuthis dux (Steenstrup, 1857), and that it is highly vagile, possibly dispersing through both a drifting paralarval stage and migration of larger individuals."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Demographic history analyses of the genetic data suggest that there has been a recent population expansion or selective sweep, which may explain the low level of genetic diversity."
For more information on this research see: Mitochondrial genome diversity and population structure of the giant squid Architeuthis: genetics sheds new light on one of the most enigmatic marine species. Proceedings, 2013;280(1759):20130273. (Springer - www.springer.com; Proceedings - www.springerlink.com/content/0253-4118/)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting I. Winkelmann, Centre for GeoGenetics, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, 0ster Voldgade 5-7, 1350 Copenhagen, Denmark. Additional authors for this research include P.F. Campos, J. Strugnell, Y. Cherel, P.J. Smith, T. Kubodera, L. Allcock, M.L. Kampmann, H. Schroeder, A. Guerra, M. Norman, J. Finn, D. Ingrao, M. Clarke and M.T Gilbert (see also Life Science Research).
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