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Comparison of DNA sequence encoding hydroxynitrile lyase from the invasive millipede Chamberlinius hualienensis, collected at Kagoshima, Shizuoka, and Hachijojima, Tokyo

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The invasive millipede, Chamberlinius hualienensis, has been expanding its habitat from Okinawa to Kagoshima, Shizuoka, and Hachijojima, Tokyo, within a short period of time. It is thought that the animals in the three places had come from the same original population. ChuaHNL consists of 5 exons: 16-123, 186-316, 370-440, 499-594, and 653-798. The ChuaHNL cDNA sequence of the three samples was identical to each other. These results suggest that the wide distribution of C. hualienensis in southern Japan is likely caused by soil contamination as a result of transportation by human activities.
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