Genomic mechanisms in organism evolution
Phenotype changes occur during the transition of some organisms from the surface to the subterranean environment. These include loss of eyes and skin pigmentation and increase of non-visual sensory organs. The olm (Proteus anguinus) is listed as a vulnerable species and represents a famous example of convergent evolution at this transition. The EU-funded GENEVOLCAV project will use the olm as a model organism to investigate and explain the genomic mechanisms involved in this transition. The project will reconstruct the number of independent transitions from the surface to caves across all olm lineages, generate a full chromosome-level assembly of the olm’s genome, detect the genetic and selective mechanisms, and reconstruct the demographic history of olm lineages.
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Funding SchemeMSCA-IF-GF - Global Fellowships