Kim Vancampenhout

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The spectral tuning mechanism of visual pigments is an excellent model to elucidate the mechanisms of adaptive evolution and the importance of selection as an evolutionary force. Therefore, we use a phylogenetic approach to determine whether there is evidence for differential adaptive molecular evolution on the rhodopsin (RH1) gene among closely related(More)
An excellent model to elucidate the mechanisms and importance of evolution in the marine environment is the spectral tuning mechanism of the visual pigment in vertebrates. In the sand goby Pomatoschistus minutus (Teleostei; Gobiidae), a distribution-wide study showed that spatial variation at the rhodopsin gene (RH1) matches the characteristics of specific(More)
Next-generation sequencing (NGS), an innovative sequencing technology that enables the successful analysis of numerous gene sequences in a massive parallel sequencing approach, has revolutionized the field of molecular biology. Although NGS was introduced in a rather recent past, the technology has already demonstrated its potential and effectiveness in(More)
Massive parallel sequencing (MPS) can accurately quantify mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) single nucleotide variants (SNVs), but no MPS methods are currently validated to simultaneously and accurately establish the breakpoints and frequency of large deletions at low heteroplasmic loads. Here we present the thorough validation of an MPS protocol to quantify the(More)
The advent of massive parallel sequencing (MPS) has revolutionized the field of human molecular genetics, including the diagnostic study of mitochondrial (mt) DNA dysfunction. The analysis of the complete mitochondrial genome using MPS platforms is now common and will soon outrun conventional sequencing. However, the development of a robust and reliable(More)
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