Molecular Genetics Unit
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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Promiscuity in the Paleozoic: Researchers uncover clues about vertebrate evolution
By looking at the DNA of living animals, researchers have revealed early events in vertebrate evolution, including how jawed vertebrates arose from the mating of two different species of primitive fish half a billion years ago.