Evolution of nonspectral rhodopsin function at high altitudes

Andes catfish

Researchers studied the eyes of catfish living in cold-water streams in the Andes Mountains
(photo by Nathan Lujan)

Protein evolution in response to different environments has long been of interest to both evolutionary biologists and biochemists. High-altitude specialist catfishes in the Andes mountains offer an opportunity to examine the molecular adaptations accompanying adaptation to cold environments.

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