Data from: Neutral genetic processes influence MHC evolution in threatened gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus)

Jean P. Elbers, Rachel W. Clostio & Sabrina S. Taylor
Levels of adaptive genetic variation influence how species deal with environmental and ecological change, but these levels are frequently inferred using neutral genetic markers. Major histocompatibility complex (MHC) genes play a key role in the adaptive branch of the immune system and have been used extensively to estimate levels of adaptive genetic variation. Parts of the peptide binding region, sites where MHC molecules directly interact with pathogen and self-proteins, were sequenced from a MHC class...
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