Sunday, November 21, 2010

Papers for labmeeting on November 24: genomics and sex ratio evolution

This Wednesday, we will discuss two short papers, one in Nature Genetics and the other one in Nature. They are both very short, but should make interesting reads. The first paper was suggested by Bengt Hansson, and is an example of how the sequencing of entire genomes can shed light over local adaptation, in this case of the plant Arabdopsis lyrata to serpentine soils. You can download that paper here. The second paper is an example of how climatic factors can drive population divergence in sex determination systems, in this case over an altitudinal gradient of an Australian lizard species. You can download that paper here. Abstracts of both papers are provided below.

I hope you enjoy these papers and that we will have a good discussion. Time and place as usual: "Darwin" at 10.15 (Wednesday November 24). Fika volunteers are encouraged to step forward.

Population resequencing reveals local adaptation of Arabidopsis lyrata to serpentine soils  

Thomas L Turner, Elizabeth C Bourne, Eric J Von Wettberg, Tina T Hu & Sergey V Nuzhdin

Nature Genetics 42: 260–263 (2010)
DOI: doi:10.1038/ng.515

Climate-driven population divergence in sex-determining systems

Ido Pen, Tobias Uller, Barbara Feldmeyer, Anna Harts, Geoffrey M. While & Erik Wapstra

Nature 468: 436–438 (18 November 2010)
DOI: doi:10.1038/nature09512

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