I am very happy that my research group will start November. Thank you, DFG Emmy-Nöther Program! http://www.zoologie.uni-koeln.de/bast.html
Before Christmas, Kamil and me published two paper on bioRxiv: Genomic features of asexual animals Are there any general consequences of asexuality? We reviewed and reanalysed evidence in 24 asexual animal genomes available. Asexual reproduction drives the reduction of transposable element load Sexual reproduction drives success of parasitic TEs. Abandon sex and you will be […]
I ordered the Black Friday special deal to sequence the full human genome with 30x coverage and 100 bp PE reads for only 169€ from dantelabs. Curious what comes out of it. Not just the health report but also how I can use it to do some ancestry analyses maybe using fineSTRUCTURE or iAdmix. All […]
You can now find the very important recipe for “Mousse au chocolat” as well as “Abatzder”. The hit for every party.
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