Author Archives: Jon Slate

Comparing PhD Vivas/defences across Europe

A couple of weeks ago I was in Germany to take part in a PhD defence. It was a very enjoyable experience, and the student performed impressively well. There was never any doubt he would pass with flying colours, but … Continue reading

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Why I’m wary of candidate gene studies

Candidate genes The candidate gene approach to finding genes that determine phenotypic variation is hugely attractive. Rather than performing whole genome scans, involving large amounts of time and money (and a statistical burden of multiple testing), why not just look … Continue reading

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In defence of Paula Radcliffe and her biological passport

Most posts on here will be about evolutionary genetics, but here’s a diversion into athletics and Sports Science. Paula Radcliffe, the marathon world record holder and UK running legend, has been in the news here (and I guess elsewhere) following … Continue reading

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Wild Animal Genomics Meeting – Trondheim

The plan is to get into a (fairly) regular habit of blogging about evolutionary genetics research (and perhaps a bit of running and biking stuff). Anyway, 1st post is about a meeting I recently attended in Trondheim. The first Wild … Continue reading

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