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What we’re reading: Experimental evolution of beetles’ immunity, adaptive introgression in mussels, and sexual harassment in the field

In the journals Joop G., O. Roth, P. Schmid-Hempel, and J. Kurtz. 2014. Experimental evolution of external immune defences in the red flour beetle. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 27: 1562–1571. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12406. Intriguingly, we found indication for an interme- diate … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Sexual selection and fish placentas, SNPs versus observational pedigrees, and the stupidest statement ever on replication

In the journals Pollux BJA, RW Meredith, MS Springer, DN Reznick. 2014. The evolution of the placenta drives a shift in sexual selection in livebearing fish. Nature. doi: 10.1038/nature13451. We show that post-zygotic maternal provisioning by means of a placenta … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Fish gut microbes, Denisovan origins of Tibetan altitude adaptation, and the curious costs of journal subscriptions

In the journals Bolnick, D. I., L. K. Snowberg, P. E. Hirsch, C. L. Lauber, R. Knight, J. G. Caporaso, and R. Svanbäck. 2014. Individuals’ diet diversity influences gut microbial diversity in two freshwater fish (threespine stickleback and Eurasian perch). … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Genetics of ecological speciation and translating plant genetics to the farm

In the journals Arnegard M.E., M.D. McGee, B. Matthews, K.B. Marchinko, G.L. Conte, S. Kabir, N. Bedford, S. Bergek, Y.F. Chan, F.C. Jones, D.M. Kingsley, C.L. Peichel, D. Schluter. 2014. Genetics of ecological divergence during speciation. Nature doi: 10.1038/nature13301. Here … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Population genetics of an invasive vine, demography and GWAS,

In the journals Campitelli, B. E., and J. R. Stinchcombe. 2014. Population dynamics and evolutionary history of the weedy vine Ipomoea hederacea in North America. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics, doi: 10.1534/g3.114.011700. We further found significant genetic differentiation at sequenced loci, … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: The evolution of brains versus brawn, ring species genomics, and the deadly fifth stage of publishing

In the journals Bozek K, Wei Y, Yan Z, Liu X, Xiong J, et al. 2014. Exceptional evolutionary divergence of human muscle and brain metabolomes parallels human cognitive and physical uniqueness. PLoS Biology 12(5): e1001871. doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001871. We found that … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: The vital importance of mosquitoes’ gut microbes, an app for classroom genetics, and how to fish for p-values without really trying

In the journals Coon, K. L., K. J. Vogel, M. R. Brown, and M. R. Strand. 2014. Mosquitoes rely on their gut microbiota for development. Molecular Ecology. 2727–2739. doi: 10.1111/mec.12771. Functional assays showed that axenic larvae of each species failed … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Dealing with missing sequence data, SNP2GO, and the challenge of replication in bad results

In the journals Ferretti, L., E. Raineri, and S. Ramos-Onsins. 2012. Neutrality tests for sequences with missing data. Genetics 191:1397–401. doi: 10.1534/genetics.112.139949. At present, most packages for population genetics analyses like DNAsp (Librado and Rozas 2009) deal with missing data … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: The Y chromosome, climate change versus forests, and a postdoc’s job description

In the journals Cortez, D., R. Marin, D. Toledo-Flores, L. Froidevaux, A. Liechti, P. D. Waters, F. Grützner, and H. Kaessmann. 2014. Origins and functional evolution of Y chromosomes across mammals. Nature 508:488–93. doi: 10.1038/nature13151. Despite expression decreases in therians, … Continue reading

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What we’re reading: Tradeoffs in a songbird pathogen, new coalescent models, and the value of museum collections

In the journals Williams PD, AP Dobson, KV Dhondt, DM Hawley, and AA Dhondt. 2014. Evidence of trade-offs shaping virulence evolution in an emerging wildlife pathogen. Journal of Evolutionary Biology. doi: 10.1111/jeb.12379. Relationships between pathogen traits are also investigated, with … Continue reading

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