Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP190103606 [ 2019 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Dr Christian Huber; Asst Prof Fernando Racimo; Asst Prof Kirk Lohmueller

Brief description This project will develop a new analytical framework to build detailed genomic maps of speciation genes across different taxa, to determine whether observed speciation is the result of background selection and demography alone, or whether there are actual barriers to gene flow and introgressed DNA. The model will provide novel insights into the mechanistic basis of speciation, specifically whether a common set of genes or pathways are central to the speciation process. The framework will be developed using the large genomic datasets available across a range of plant and animal species. Applying the model to a modern human population dataset will elucidate the role introgressed DNA from Denisovan and Neanderthals has played in shaping human evolutionary history and may provide novel insights into the genetic basis of disease.

Funding Amount $364,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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