Journal Club

The Evolutionary Genetics Journal Club takes place every two weeks in the Bateson Room at the Department of Genetics (3 – 4 pm).

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Rotation schedule of presenting groups:
F Jiggins
C Jiggins

Upcoming schedule 2019

17/06: Durbin group (Rui)

Past meetings


03/06: Berg, J. J., A. Harpak, N. Sinnott-Armstrong, A. M. Joergensen, H. Mostafavi, Y. Field, E. A. Boyle, X. Zhang, F. Racimo, J. K. Pritchard, G. Coop. Reduced signal for polygenic adaptation of height in UK Biobank. eLife 2019;8:e39725, doi:10.7554/eLife.39725. Presenter: Liisa Loog.

13/05: Cui,Y., C. Yang, H. Qui, H. Wang, R. Yang, D. Falush. The landscape of coadaptation in Vibrio parahaemolyticus. BioRxiv, doi: Presenter: John Welch.

29/04: Berdan, E.L., A. Blanckaert, R.K. Butlin, C. Bank. Muller’s ratchet and the long-term fate of chromosomal inversions. BioRxiv, doi: Presenter: Joana Meier.

01/04: Sackman, A. M., Harris, R. B., Jensen, J. D. 2019. Inferring Demography and Selection in Organisms Characterized by Skewed Offspring Distributions. Genetics, 211(3), 1019–1028. Presenter: Lei Zhao

04/03: Li J, Vázquez-García I, Persson K, González A, Yue J, Barré B, Hall MN, Long A, Warringer J, Mustonen V, Liti G. 2019. Shared Molecular Targets Confer Resistance over Short and Long Evolutionary Timescales. Molecular Biology and Evolution. Presenter: Arun Ramesh.

04/02: Albers PK, McVean G. Dating genomic variants and shared ancestry in population-scale sequencing data. BioRxiv, doi: Presenter: Aylwyn Scally.

21/01: Villanea F, Schraiber J. 2019. Multiple episodes of interbreeding between Neanderthal and modern humans. Nature Ecology and Evolution. Presenter: Margarita Samborskaya.

07/01: Rascovan N, Sjögren KG, Kristiansen K, Nielsen R,  Willerslev Eske, Desnues C, Rasmussen S. 2018. Emergence and spread of basal lineages of Yersinia pestis during the Neolithic Decline. Cell. Presenter: Jane Charlesworth.


3/12: Thompson KA, Osmond MM, Schulter D. Parallel genetic evolution and speciation from standing variation. BioRxiv, doi: Presenter: Hilde Schneemann

5/11: Andrew D. Stewart & William R. Rice (2018). Arrest of sex-specific adaptation during the evolution of sexual dimorphism in DrosophilaNature Ecology & Evolution, volume 2, 1507–1513; Nicholas W. VanKuren & Manyuan Long (2018). Gene duplicates resolving sexual conflict rapidly evolved essential gametogenesis functionsNature Ecology & Evolution, volume 2, 705–712. Presenter: Frank Jiggins

22/10: Fuller ZL, Leonard CJ, Young RE, Schaeffer SW, Phadnis N (2018). Ancestral polymorphisms explain the role of chromosomal inversions in speciation. PLOS Genetics 14(7): e1007526. Presenter: Simon Martin

24/9: Yona, Elm & Gore(2018). Random sequences rapidly evolve into de novo promoters. Nature Communications 9, article number: 1530. Presenter: Alexandre Leitão

10/9: Kukekova et al. (2018). Red fox genome assembly identifies genomic regions associated with tame and aggressive behaviours. Nature Ecology & Evolution volume 2, 1479–1491. Presenter: Ruoyun Hui

30/7: Liu et al. (2018). Whole-Genome Sequencing of African Dogs Provides Insights into Adaptations against Tropical ParasitesMolecular Biology and Evolution, 35(2), 287–298. Presenter: Osama Brosh

16/7: Simons, Y. B. et al. (2018). A population genetic interpretation of GWAS findings for human quantitative traits. PLOS Biology 16(3): e2002985. Presenter: John Welch

2/7: Doud, Lee & Bloom. (2018). How single mutations affect viral escape from broad and narrow antibodies to H1 influenza hemagglutininNature Communications, volume 9, Article number: 1386. Presenter: Casper Lumby

18/6: Bilinski et al. (2018). Parallel altitudinal clines reveal trends in adaptive evolution of genome size in Zea mays. PLOS Genetics 14(5): e1007162. Presenter: Jenny James

4/6: Nowell et al. (2018). Comparative genomics of bdelloid rotifers: Insights from desiccating and nondesiccating species. PLOS Biology 16:e2004830. Presenter: Samuel Lewis

21/5:  Narasimhan et al. (2018). The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia. bioRxiv 292581; doi: Presenter: Aylwyn Scally

23/4: Bast et al. (2018). Consequences of asexuality in natural populations: insights from stick insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution, msy058. Presenter: Jane Charlesworth

9/4: Phillips et al. (2018). Immunogenetic novelty confers a selective advantage in host–pathogen coevolution. PNAS Jan 2018, 201708597. Presenter: Arunkumar Ramesh

26/3: di Iulio et al. (2018). The human noncoding genome defined by genetic diversity. Nature Genetics 2018, 1546-1718. Presenter: Alexander Moerseburg

12/2: Bracewell, R. R. et al. (2017). Rapid neo-sex chromosome evolution and incipient speciation in a major forest pest. Nat. Commun. 8(1):1593. Presenter: Simon Martin

29/1: Behrman, E. L. et al. (2017). Rapid seasonal evolution in innate immunity of wild Drosophila melanogasterProc. R. Soc. B 285: 20172599. Presenter: Elizabeth Duxbury


4/12: McCrone, J. T. et al. (2017). Stochastic processes dominate the within and between host evolution of influenza virus. Presenter: Chris Illingworth

6/11: Gymrek et al. (2017). Interpreting short tandem repeat variations in humans using mutational constraint. Nature Genetics 49, 1495–1501. Presenter: Tariq Desai

23/10: Houle, D. et al. (2017). Mutation predicts 40 million years of fly wing evolution. Nature 548, 447–450. Presenter: Jane Charlesworth

9/10: Parker et al. (2017). Genotype specificity among hosts, pathogens, and beneficial microbes influences the strength of symbiont-mediated protection. Evolution 5, 1222–1231. Presenter: Arunkumar Ramesh

25/9: Mostafavi et al. (2017). Identifying genetic variants that affect viability in large cohorts. PLoS Biol 15(9): e2002458. Presenter: Toomas Kivisild

11/9: Meier et al. (2017). Ancient hybridization fuels rapid cichlid fish adaptive radiations. Nat. Comm. 8:14363. Presenter: Steven Van Belleghem.

17/7: Xue et al. (2017). Parallel evolution of influenza across multiple spatiotemporal scales. eLife 2017;6:e26875. Presenter: Casper Lumby.

3/7: Bewick et al. (2017). Evolution of DNA Methylation across Insects. Molecular Biology and Evolution 3, 654–665. Presenter: Sam Lewis.

27/3: Juric, Aeschbacher & Coop (2016). The Strength of Selection against Neanderthal Introgression. PLoS Genet12(11): e1006340. Presenter: Aylwyn Scally.

13/3: Runemark et al. (2017). Variation and constraints in hybrid genome formation. bioRxiv 107508; doi: Presenter: Simon Martin.

27/2: Dunn et al. (2017).Pairwise comparisons are problematic when analyzing functional genomic data across species. bioRxiv 107177; doi: Presenter: Jane Charlesworth.

13/2: Kong et al. (2017).Selection against variants in the genome associated
with educational attainment.
PNAS vol. 114 no. 5, E727–E732. Presenter: Liz Duxbury.

30/1: Soubrier, J. et al. (2016). Early cave art and ancient DNA record the origin of European bison. Nature Comm. 7:13158 doi:10.1038/ncomms13158. Presenter: Toomas Kivisild .

16/1: Feder, A.F. et al. (2016). More effective drugs lead to harder selective sweeps in the evolution of drug resistance in HIV-1. eLife 2016;5:e10670 doi: 10.7554/eLife.10670. Presenter: Chris Illingworth.


5/12: Epstein, B. et al.(2016). Rapid evolutionary response to a transmissible cancer in Tasmanian devils. Nat. Comm. 7:12684 doi: 10.1038/ncomms12684. Presenter: Joel Alves

21/11: Lindo, J., Huerta-Sánchez, E., Nakagome, S., Rasmussen, M., Petzelt, B., Mitchell, J., et al. (2016). A time transect of exomes from a Native American population before and after European contact. Nat. Comm., 7, 13175. Presenter: Ruoyun Hui

24/10: Lopatkin, A. J.,  et al. (2016). Antibiotics as a selective driver for conjugation dynamics. Nature Microbiology, 1–8. Presenter: Jane Charlesworth

26/9: Husnik, F., & McCutcheon, J. P. (2016). Repeated replacement of an intrabacterial symbiont in the tripartite nested mealybug symbiosis. PNAS113(37), E5416–24. Presenter: Sam Lewis

15/8: Broushaki, F. et al. (2016). Early Neolithic genomes from the eastern Fertile Crescent. Science, 353(6298), 499–503. Presenter: Toomas Kivisild
1/8: Amos, W. (2016). The quantity of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans: a reanalysis relaxing the assumption of constant mutation rate. bioRxiv, 065359. Presenter: Simon Martin

18/7: Poon, L. L. et al. (2016). Quantifying influenza virus diversity and transmission in humans. Nature Genetics, 48(2), 195–200. Presenter: Chris Illingworth

4/7: Kelleher, E. S., et al. (2012). Drosophila interspecific hybrids phenocopy piRNA-pathway mutants. PLoS Biology, 10(11), e1001428. Presenter: Frank Jiggins

20/6: Frantz, L. A. F., et al. (2016). Genomic and archaeological evidence suggest a dual origin of domestic dogs. Science, 352(6290), 1228–1231. Presenter: Tariq Desai

6/6: Singhal, S., et al. (2015). Stable recombination hotspots in birds. Science , 350(6263), 928–932. Presenter: John Davey

9/5: Fedorova, L., et al. (2016). Atlas of Cryptic Genetic Relatedness Among 1000 Human Genomes. Genome Biology and Evolution, 8(3), 777–790. Presenter: Toomas Kivisild

25/4: Yassin, A., et al. (2016). Recurrent specialization on a toxic fruit in an island Drosophila population. PNAS, 201522559. Presenter: Daniel Fabian

11/4: Raghwani, J., et al. (2016). Faster Adaptation in Smaller Populations: Counterintuitive Evolution of HIV during Childhood Infection. PLoS Computational Biology, 12(1), e1004694. Presenter: Nuno Nene

14/3: Tuttle, E. M., et al. (2016). Divergence and Functional Degradation of a Sex Chromosome-like Supergene. Current Biology : CB, 26(3), 344–350. Presenter: Chris Jiggins

29/2: Kuhlwilm, M. et al. (2016). Ancient gene flow from early modern humans into Eastern Neanderthals. Nature, 530(7591), 429–433. Presenter: Aylwyn Scally


18/11: CEG Journal Club.Genetic incompatibilities are widespread within species.Russell B. Corbett-Detig, Jun Zhou, Andrew G. Clark, Daniel L. Hartl & Julien F. Ayroles. Presenter: Simon martin

04/11: CEG Journal Club. Keller, I. et al. Population genomic signatures of divergent adaptation, gene flow and hybrid speciation in the rapid radiation of Lake Victoria cichlid fishes. Mol. Ecol. 22, 2848–2863 (2013). Presenter: Chris Jiggins

21/10:CEG Journal Club.  Yeaman S. (2013). Genomic rearrangements and the evolution of clusters of locally adaptive loci. PNAS 110 E1743-E1751. Presenter: John Davey

3/06: CEG Journal Club. Cahill, James A., et al. “Genomic Evidence for Island Population Conversion Resolves Conflicting Theories of Polar Bear Evolution.” PLoS genetics 9.3(2013): e1003345.    Presenter: Aylwyn Scally.

13/05: CEG Journal Club. Herron MD, Doebeli M 2013 Parallel Evolutionary Dynamics of Adaptive Diversification in Escherichia coli.  PLoS Biol 11(2): e1001490. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001490  Presenter: Rodrigo Cogni.

04/03. Martis et al. 2012. Selfish supernumerary chromosome reveals its origin as a mosaic of host genome and organellar sequences. Presenter: Cristina Ariani.

25/2: Phylogenetics Journal Club. Pisani et al. “Resolving phylogenetic signal from noise when divergence is rapid”. doi: 10.1016/j.ympev.2011.08.028 Presenter: Martin Smith.

18/2: Dobler et al. “Community-wide convergent evolution in insect adaptation to toxic cardenolides by substitutions in the Na,K-ATPase”. Presenter: Chuan Cao. Bateson Room, Dept of Genetics.

4/2:  Multihost experimental evolution of a plant RNA virus reveals local adaptation and host-specific mutations (Bedhomme et al. 2011). doi: 10.1093/molbev/msr314.  Presenter: Ben Longdon.


5/11 Real-time evolution of new genes by Innovation, Amplification and Divergence. (Naesvall et al. 2012). Presenter: K. Kozak (Zoology).

19/11 Epistasis dominates the genetic architecture of Drosophila quantitative traits. (Huang et al. 2012). Presenter: P. Juneja (Genetics).

3/12 A high-coverage genome sequence from an archaic Denisovan individual. (Meyer et al. 2012). Presenter: T. Kivisild (Biological Anthropology).

17/12 No meeting.