What We’re Reading- Feb 9, 2018

A Lion Roars Back Lions have not been observed in Gabon for 20 years, until a camera trap project set up to investigate chimps captured a photo in 2015!  The Gabonese government expressed interest in translocating lions into the country to establish a breeding population.  One consideration for translocation projects is to move genetically similar…

What We’re Reading- March 17, 2017

An Endangered Generalist?  Soon after germination orchids must be colonized by fungi whose hyphae both enter orchid cells and create an extensive mycorrhizal network in the soil, thereby transferring nutrients to the plant.  Orchids may be mycorrhizal generalists able to associate with many different fungal species, or specialists only able to associate with one or a…

What We’re Reading- July 10, 2015

Congratulations to SNPits blogger Stephanie for her new paper on raccoon relatedness under different experimental feeding systems. Stephanie and her coauthors found that clumped feeding resulted in shifted home range distributions of raccoons, thereby disrupting natural patterns of relatedness. Mammals tend to have one sex that disperses so that related individuals do not mate with…

What We’re Reading: June 19, 2015

Congrats to SNPits bloggers Anna and Emily on their recent publications! Mitogenome of a Legless Lizard What on earth are pygopogidae? Well, they’re a curious group of legless lizards known as worm-lizards, which pretty much describes what they look like. They’re only found in the Australo-Papuan region and we know that they are closely related to…

What we’re reading: Nov 14, 2014

Keeping mtDNA in Shape between Generations Mitochondrial DNA markers are important tools for many genetic studies, including much evolutionary and conservation genetics. This paper (open) reviews what we know about how mitochondrial DNA is transmitted in animals, with a focus on the implications for human health. However, the points raised are also interesting to consider…