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Blood-feeding is a rare dietary adaptation found only in vampire bats, a few invertebrates and the jawless fish sea lamprey. Insight into this adaptation is provided by sequencing and analyzing the genome and fecal microbiome of the vampire bat, Desmodus rotundus, and comparing them with those of bats with other diets. Photo by Brock Fenton.

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Zepeda Mendoza, M. L. et al. Hologenomic adaptations underlying the evolution of sanguivory in the common vampire bat. Nat. Ecol. Evol. 2, 659-668 (2018).

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Patrick joined Nature Publishing Group in 2005 as an Assistant Editor at Nature Reviews Genetics and Nature Reviews Cancer. In 2008 he moved to Nature, where he served as Senior Editor covering ecology and evolution, before becoming Chief Editor of Nature Ecology & Evolution in 2016. He has handled primary manuscripts and review articles across the entire breadth of ecology and evolution, as well as advising and writing for other sections of Nature. Patrick has a degree in genetics from the University of Cambridge, did his DPhil in experimental evolution at the University of Oxford, and did postdoctoral work on evolutionary and ecological genetics at University College London in association with Imperial College London at Silwood Park.