Not only is Denise Dell’Aglio about to submit her thesis, but she has also just published two of her chapters. One of these demonstrates learnt avoidance of brightly coloured butterfly models in a rainforest. The second shows how butterflies can learn shape cues, which they use to find flowers and host plants. Passiflora vines have […]
We published a paper over a year ago on BioRxiv that narrows down the Yb locus, controlling yellow patches on Heliconius wings, to a region around the Cortex gene. The paper just came out in Nature this morning, with lots of news coverage (from Daily Mirror to Washington Post), mainly because of the very cool […]
Cambridge TV ran a feature on the news last night about natural selection and genetic diversity and Simon’s paper in Genetics. It is available here – scroll ahead to 4:47 if you don’t want to hear about the severed head in Mepal!
Simon Martin has just published a study in which we searched for signals of natural selection in the genomes of nearly 70 whole genome sequences sampled from H. melpomene and other species. Signals of selection were weaker than seen in fruit flies, but much stronger than in humans. Interestingly the amount of standing variation is […]