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EMBO phylogenomics course in the Amazon

  I had the tremendous pleasure of teaching a very talented and motivated bunch of students on an EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organisation) funded course. The course was delivered in the amazon jungle city of Iquitos Peru, the largest jungle city in the world unconnected by road to the rest of the world. It was…

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Of mice and men

Super treat in the lab this week.  The journal Science decided to feature one of our publications in its “Editor’s Choice” section.  The author of the little piece is Laura Zahn and she chose to feature the work, which was published in Molecular Biology and Evolution.   It is always a real thrill to have work…

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Genomics of the longest lived mammal

This week the genome and transcriptome of the Bowhead whale was published in the journal Cell reports. For more please see our publications page for the pdf or click here This work was carried out by Dr Andrew Webb (first author) and Dr Mary O’Connell in collaboration with an international team of experts and was led by…

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A matter of Taste

“Evolution of sweet taste perception in hummingbirds by transformation of the ancestral umami receptor” Baldwin et al Science 2014   Why study birds to understand sensory perception? Birds are a group of therapod dinosaurs that evolved during the mid Mesozoic era (~150 million years ago). They represent one of the most diverse extant vertebrate clades…

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