Molecular Genetics Unit

Ryukyan bobtail squid

Work in the Molecular Genetics Unit combines comparative genomics, population genetic modeling, and genetic mapping. The unit uses new approaches for sequencing and analyzing genomes to investigate the evolution of morphological and functional complexity among related animals to be able to illuminate the key transitions in their evolution. Our current focus is on cephalopods – how their unique nervous system emerged independently of vertebrates and the genomic underpinnings of their capacity for complex behaviors.

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