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Comparative Genomics

Clues to the evolutionary past of a species are embedded within its genome.

Scientists at the BRC examine differences among genomes to uncover signatures of past selective events and to reveal historical processes that shape the genome, such as polyploidization, horizontal gene transfer, and hybridization. Research within the Centre uses high-throughput genomic methods and bioinformatics, alongside experiments and theory, to study how genomes evolve, how species originate, and how novel traits arise, such as domestication traits in crops and weedy traits in invasive plants.