Evolutionary genetics

Evolutionary genetics is the study of how genetic variation leads to evolutionary change. It includes topics such as the evolution of genome structure, the genetic basis of speciation and adaptation, and genetic change in response to selection within populations.

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  • News & Views |

    An analysis of phenotypic skew — the asymmetrical distributions of traits — explores how it can bias estimates of inheritance and selection, and how to correct for those biases.

    • David Houle
  • Research Highlights |

    In this Journal Club article, Geoff Faulkner discusses how a ground-breaking study of LINE-1 mobility in human genomes demonstrated not just a role in disease but also molecular details of the mechanisms of retrotransposition.

    • Geoffrey J. Faulkner
  • News & Views |

    The probability of the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine-resistant variants depends on the number of daily infections permitted by society, and the rate and penetrance of vaccination. Rapidly vaccinating all eligible people while maintaining strict physical distancing measures can prevent the evolution of vaccine resistance.

  • Research Highlights |

    Michael Purugganan reflects on a 100-year-old publication by Nikolai Vavilov, which postulated a new law of genetics from which key evolutionary insights emerged and which guided future molecular genetic investigations.

    • Michael D. Purugganan
  • Research Highlights |

    Using whole-genome sequencing and haplotype tracking, Viluma et al. show that the small, highly inbred Scandinavian wolf population has lost substantial genetic diversity over a 30-year period. Their findings have important implications for the management and conservation of endangered species.

    • Dorothy Clyde