Agata Kawałko

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The remaining wild populations of bison have all been through severe bottlenecks. The genomic consequences of these bottlenecks present an interesting area to study. Using a very large panel of SNPs developed in Bos taurus we have carried out a genome-wide screening on the European bison (Bison bonasus; EB) and on two subspecies of American bison: the(More)
MHC genes play a crucial role in pathogen recognition and are the most polymorphic genes in vertebrates. Loss of variation in these genes in bottlenecked species is thought to put their survival at risk. We examined variation at the MHC II DRB3 locus in the European bison, Bison bonasus, a species that has undergone an extreme bottleneck: the current(More)
Phylogeography interprets molecular genetic variation in a spatial and temporal context. Molecular clocks are frequently used to calibrate phylogeographic analyses, however there is mounting evidence that molecular rates decay over the relevant timescales. It is therefore essential that an appropriate rate is determined, consistent with the temporal scale(More)
Here we present the first attempt to use the BovineSNP50 Illumina Genotyping BeadChip for genome-wide screening of European bison Bison bonasus bonasus (EB), two subspecies of American bison: the plains bison Bison bison bison (PB), the wood bison Bison bison athabascae (WB) and seven cattle Bos taurus breeds. Our aims were to (1) reconstruct their(More)
We tested 96 microsatellites and 10 single nucleotide polymorphisms for their allelic distribution in two subspecies of the house mouse, Mus musculus musculus and M. m. domesticus. Sixty-two microsatellites discriminated strain-specific differences among nine wild-derived 'musculus' and 'domesticus' and three 'classical' laboratory strains. For efficient(More)
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