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  • Predictability and parallelism in the contemporary evolution of hybrid genomes. PLoS genetics Langdon, Q. K., Powell, D. L., Kim, B., Banerjee, S. M., Payne, C., Dodge, T. O., Moran, B., Fascinetto-Zago, P., Schumer, M. 1800; 18 (1): e1009914


    Hybridization between species is widespread across the tree of life. As a result, many species, including our own, harbor regions of their genome derived from hybridization. Despite the recognition that this process is widespread, we understand little about how the genome stabilizes following hybridization, and whether the mechanisms driving this stabilization tend to be shared across species. Here, we dissect the drivers of variation in local ancestry across the genome in replicated hybridization events between two species pairs of swordtail fish: Xiphophorus birchmanni * X. cortezi and X. birchmanni * X. malinche. We find unexpectedly high levels of repeatability in local ancestry across the two types of hybrid populations. This repeatability is attributable in part to the fact that the recombination landscape and locations of functionally important elements play a major role in driving variation in local ancestry in both types of hybrid populations. Beyond these broad scale patterns, we identify dozens of regions of the genome where minor parent ancestry is unusually low or high across species pairs. Analysis of these regions points to shared sites under selection across species pairs, and in some cases, shared mechanisms of selection. We show that one such region is a previously unknown hybrid incompatibility that is shared across X. birchmanni * X. cortezi and X. birchmanni * X. malinche hybrid populations.

    View details for DOI 10.1371/journal.pgen.1009914

    View details for PubMedID 35085234

  • Two new hybrid populations expand the swordtail hybridization model system. Evolution; international journal of organic evolution Powell, D. L., Moran, B., Kim, B., Banerjee, S. M., Aguillon, S. M., Fascinetto-Zago, P., Langdon, Q., Schumer, M. 2021


    Natural hybridization events provide unique windows into the barriers that keep species apart as well as the consequences of their breakdown. Here we characterize hybrid populations formed between the northern swordtail fish Xiphophorus cortezi and X. birchmanni from collection sites on two rivers. We use simulations and new genetic reference panels to develop sensitive and accurate local ancestry calling in this novel system. Strikingly, we find that hybrid populations on both rivers consist of two genetically distinct subpopulations: a cluster of pure X. birchmanni individuals and one of phenotypically intermediate hybrids that derive 85-90% of their genome from X. cortezi. Simulations suggest that initial hybridization occurred 150 generations ago at both sites, with little evidence for contemporary gene flow between subpopulations. This population structure is consistent with strong assortative mating between individuals of similar ancestry. The patterns of population structure uncovered here mirror those seen in hybridization between X. birchmanni and its sister species, X. malinche, indicating an important role for assortative mating in the evolution of hybrid populations. Future comparisons will provide a window into the shared mechanisms driving the outcomes of hybridization not only among independent hybridization events between the same species but also across distinct species pairs. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/evo.14337

    View details for PubMedID 34460102