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Zebra finch supergene and sperm

We’ve just published a paper on the genetics of sperm morphology and motility in zebra finches. This was the culmination of 4 years work, mostly carried out by Kang-Wook Kim, where we investigated the genetic architecture and gene expression of … Continue reading

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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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