Image source: Richard Bartz,
About the Project
The BCM-HGSC has sequenced the Postman Butterfly (Heliconius melpomene) and several races in collaboration with the Heliconius genome consortium, a group of 8 laboratories who collaborated to fund this sequencing project.
Heliconius butterflies are famous for their wing patterns, and this work was aimed at understanding the molecular genetic components of the wing pattern mimicry found between races in different locations in South America.
This work has been published in Nature, "Butterfly genome reveals promiscuous exchange of mimicry adaptations among species".
W. Owen McMillan: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Chris Jiggins: Cambridge University, UK
Robert Reed and Adriana Briscoe: University of California at Irvine, USA
Mark Blaxter: University of Edinburgh, UK: Mark Blaxter
Marcus Kronforst: Harvard University, USA
Sean Mullen: Boston University, USA: Sean Mullen
Mathieu Joron: Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
Richard ffrench-Constant: University of Exeter, UK
James Mallet: University College London, UK, and Harvard University, USA