Genes, regulons, feathers and flight. The origin of the avian genome

Date & time

1pm 17 May 2012

Location

Gould Seminar Room (Room 235) Gould building, 116 Daley Road, ANU

Description

Scott V Edwards, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

For the past 10 years our lab has employed diverse approaches to understand the origins of the avian genome, which is distinguished from the genomes of mammals and non-avian reptiles in being small and less populated by transposable elements. In particular we have been intrigued by possible links between powered flight and smaller genome size, a hypothesis that receives some support from our work.

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