Evolutionary genetics

Evolutionary genetics is the study of how genetic variation leads to evolutionary change. It includes topics such as the evolution of genome structure, the genetic basis of speciation and adaptation, and genetic change in response to selection within populations.

Latest Research and Reviews

News and Comment

  • Research Highlights |

    Reference-quality genomes for six bat species published in Nature yield insights into the evolutionary origins of bats and the molecular basis of adaptive traits involved in immunity and sensory perception.

    • Linda Koch
  • Research Highlights |

    A study in PNAS describes a maternal-effect killer supergene that regulates social behaviour in Alpine silver ants. Queens carrying the ‘killer’ haplotype fail to produce live progeny homozygous for the alternative haplotype, ensuring all colonies adopt a multiple-queen, rather than single-queen, social structure.

    • Dorothy Clyde
  • Research Highlights |

    A study in Nature analysing genome-wide variation in individuals from islands across Polynesia reports evidence of admixture with Native Americans related to Indigenous inhabitants of northern South America.

    • Linda Koch
  • Comments and Opinion |

    Comparative studies struggle to balance technical properties with the need to obtain samples from multiple species. The authors argue for extensive record keeping and reporting of metadata to minimize the effect of confounders and increase the robustness of inferences from these studies.

    • Joanna L. Kelley
    •  & Yoav Gilad
  • Editorial |

    Scale can be as problematic in genetics as it is in microscopy or astronomy. Luckily, pan-genomics is here to tackle the complexity of genetics on the large scale.

    Nature Plants 6, 329