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Snakes exhibit some incredible evolutionary adaptations, including the ability to rapidly regenerate their organs and produce venom.

The Castoe group at the University of Texas at Arlington studied these adaptations using genetic sequencing and advanced computing.

Using the supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center Castoe and his team identified a number of genes associated with organ growth in Burmese pythons, studied secondary contact in rattlesnake species, and developed tools to recognize evolutionary changes caused by natural selection.

They published their results in BMC Genomics, Ecology and Evolution and Bioinformatics.


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