New paper: Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects Featured in Nature Research Highlights: Sex pays off for stick insects despite costs We empirically tested theoretical predictions of the genomic consequences of asexuality using 5 Timema sex-asex sister pairs that are ecologically similar: signatures of arrested GC-biased gene conversion in asexuals that […]
No sex, no problem! Biologists from Goettingen and Lausanne analyse how loss of sex affects the genetic makeup of oribatid mites Sexual reproduction is linked to various benefits for the survival of a species. Amongst others, sex counters the accumulation of accidentally occurring deleterious mutations by allowing for exchange of genetic material. According to the […]
I re-designed the homepage a bit and it is still ongoing.
A bit late, but here is a new paper from Ken on decay of genes involved in sexual traits I am co-author on. Available open access at GBE.
Available open access at MBE! http://mbe.oxfordjournals.org//content/early/2015/11/11/molbev.msv261.abstract
The ESEB 2015 took place here in Lausanne this week. Quite convenient. For the outreach activity, I answered a ‘question of the day’: Is the male Y chromosome really fragile? And will future human societies exclusively consist of females? …very likely not. find out here in English and here in French
Upon completing my PhD in Goettingen, I recently moved to Switzerland to join the Schwander group. Exciting times. My new affiliation: Group Schwander – Evolution of reproductive and genetic systems Department of Ecology and Evolution University of Lausanne Le Biophore CH-1015 Lausanne Switzerland Office 3119 Phone: +41 (0)21 692 4162 Email: jbast [at] unil . […]