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What we’re reading: Stick insects, Gulf of Mexico oysters, and how many peer reviewers it takes to change a lightbulb joke?

In the journals Comeault, A. a., V. Soria-Carrasco, Z. Gompert, T. E. Farkas, C. A. Buerkle, T. L. Parchman, and P. Nosil. 2014. Genome-wide association mapping of phenotypic traits subject to a range of intensities of natural selection in Timema … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Polygenic mutation-selection balance, demographics of invading mice, and the U.S. consensus on climate change

In the journals de Vladar HP, N Barton. 2014. Stability and response of polygenic traits to stabilizing selection and mutation. Genetics. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.159111. The interplay between stabilizing selection and mutation leads to a sharp transition: alleles with effects smaller than … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Coevolving diversity, gut microbiota and gas, and killing the phrase “next-generation sequencing”

In the journals Boots M., A. White, A. Best, and R. Bowers. 2014. How specificity and epidemiology drive the coevolution of static trait diversity in hosts and parasites. Evolution. doi: 10.1111/evo.12393 We examine theoretically how epidemiological feedbacks and the characteristics … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Genomics for conservation, SNPs versus microsats, and imbalance in the peer-review ecosystem

In the journals Harrisson K.A., A. Pavlova, M. Telonis-Scott and P. Sunnucks. 2014. Using genomics to characterize evolutionary potential for conservation of wild populations. Evolutionary Applications. doi: 10.1111/eva.12149. … screening genome-wide variation should be a sensible approach that may provide … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Arabidopsis vs slugs, the long reach of a GWAS hit, and post-pub peer review comes into its own?

In the journals Falk, K. L., J. Kästner, N. Bodenhausen, K. Schramm, C. Paetz, D. G. Vassão, M. Reichelt, D. von Knorre, J. Bergelson, M. Erb, J. Gershenzon, and S. Meldau. 2013. The role of glucosinolates and the jasmonic acid … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: A single gene for Batesian mimicry, the genetics of interspecies incompatibility, and further debate over data sharing

In the journals Kunte K., W. Zhang, A. Tenger-Trolander, D. H. Palmer, A. Martin, R. D. Reed, S. P. Mullen, and M. R. Kronforst. 2014. doublesex is a mimicry supergene. Nature. doi: 10.1038/nature13112. Using an integrative approach combining genetic and … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Sex and the single endogenous retrovirus, extinction by hybridization, and the PLOS data-sharing policy

In the journals Jalasvuori M & J Lehtonen. 2014. Virus epidemics can lead to a population-wide spread of intragenomic parasites in a previously parasite-free asexual population. Molecular Ecology. 23(5):987–991. doi: 10.1111/mec.12662. Endogenous retroviruses are retroviruses that have integrated to the … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: estimating relatedness and inbreeding, the evolution of influenza, and a new spin on p-values

In the journals Wang J. 2014. Marker-based estimates of relatedness and inbreeding coefficients: an assessment of current methods. J. Evol. Biol. 27:518–530. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12315. … F and r estimates can be misleading and become biased and marker dependent when a … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Phylogenetic analyses of diversification, how HIV crosses fitness valleys, and gorgeous science visualizations

In the journals Morlon, H. 2014. Phylogenetic approaches for studying diversification. Ecology Letters. doi: 10.1111/ele.12251. A major challenge ahead is to develop models that more explicitly take into account ecology, in particular the interaction of species with each other and … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Arabidopsis and global warming, the species tree of chickadees, and Open Science’s profit motive

In the journals Li Y, R Cheng, KA Spokas, AA Palmer, and JO Borevitz. 2014. Genetic Variation for Life History Sensitivity to Seasonal Warming in Arabidopsis thaliana. Genetics 196:569-77. doi: 10.1534/genetics.113.157628. The identified genetic architecture allowed accurate prediction of flowering … Continue reading

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