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SNIC SUPR
Genomic Parasites and their Impact on Speciation
Dnr:

SNIC 2017/1-533

Type:

SNAC Medium

Principal Investigator:

Alexander Suh

Affiliation:

Uppsala universitet

Start Date:

2017-11-27

End Date:

2018-12-01

Primary Classification:

10609: Genetics (medical to be 30107 and agricultural to be 40402)

Allocation

Abstract

The genome is a common feature of all cellular organisms and contains a comprehensive record of evolution. At a closer look, the genome is in fact a ‘genomic microcosm’ – a smörgåsbord of interactions among/between host genes and parasitic genes, such as transposons and viruses. We study how these genomic parasites impact genome structure and speciation of birds, crocodilians, and parasitic nematodes. Beware, some of these jumping genes even jump between genomes!