Microsatellites: simple sequences with complex evolution
- H. Ellegren
- BiologyNature reviews genetics
- 1 June 2004
Few genetic markers, if any, have found such widespread use as microsatellites, or simple/short tandem repeats. Features such as hypervariability and ubiquitous occurrence explain their usefulness,…
A simple and universal method for molecular sexing of non-ratite birds
A universal method for molecular sexing of non-ratite birds which is based on the detection of a constant size difference between CHD1W andCHD1Z introns is described, successfully sexing 47 of the species.
Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds
A genome-scale phylogenetic analysis of 48 species representing all orders of Neoaves recovered a highly resolved tree that confirms previously controversial sister or close relationships and identifies the first divergence in Neoaves, two groups the authors named Passerea and Columbea.
The evolution of sex-biased genes and sex-biased gene expression
The characteristics and expression of sex-biased genes, and the selective forces that shape this previously unappreciated source of phenotypic diversity, are discussed.
Microsatellite mutations in the germline: implications for evolutionary inference.
- H. Ellegren
- BiologyTrends in Genetics
- 1 December 2000
Sequence and comparative analysis of the chicken genome provide unique perspectives on vertebrate evolution
A draft genome sequence of the red jungle fowl, Gallus gallus, provides a new perspective on vertebrate genome evolution, while also improving the annotation of mammalian genomes.
The genome of a songbird
This work shows that song behaviour engages gene regulatory networks in the zebra finch brain, altering the expression of long non-coding RNAs, microRNAs, transcription factors and their targets and shows evidence for rapid molecular evolution in the songbird lineage of genes that are regulated during song experience.
Molecular evolutionary genomics of birds
- H. Ellegren
- BiologyCytogenetic and Genome Research
- 1 July 2007
Several important aspects of the molecular evolutionary process of birds remain to be understood and it can be anticipated that the upcoming genome sequence of a second bird species, the zebra finch, as well as the integration of data on gene expression, shall further advance the knowledge of avian evolution.
The genomic landscape of species divergence in Ficedula flycatchers
This study provides a roadmap to the emerging field of speciation genomics by showing that the genomic landscape of species differentiation is highly heterogeneous with approximately 50 ‘divergence islands’ showing up to 50-fold higher sequence divergence than the genomic background.
Multiple marker mapping of quantitative trait loci in a cross between outbred wild boar and large white pigs.
A quantitative trait locus (QTL) analysis of growth and fatness data from a three generation pig experiment is presented, finding evidence for a large QTL affecting back fat and another for abdominal fat segregating on chromosome 4.