“Abundant bioactivity” of random DNA sequences?

This blog was written for the Nature Ecology and Evolution Community where it is posted here. Probing the claims of a recent study Readers of this blog will be aware of the recent Nature Ecology and Evolution paper entitled “Random sequences are an abundant source of bioactive RNAs or peptides”. Rafik Neme, the first author, […]

The evolutionary mystery of orphan genes

This blog was written for the Nature Ecology and Evolution Community where it is posted here. Every newly sequenced genome contains genes with no traceable evolutionary descent – the ash genome was no exception This week in Nature I and my co-authors published the ash tree genome. Within it we found 38,852 protein-coding genes. Of […]

Phenotypic plasticity drives cichlid radiations?

This blog was first posted here at Nature Ecology & Evolution Community on 8 December 2016 Rapid convergent radiations and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis At the Royal Society last month, I was listening to proponents of the “extended evolutionary synthesis” (EES). Patrick Goymer has blogged this meeting for Nature Ecology & Evolution, and tweets from […]