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About sociogenomics

I study behaviour and evolution. This space is about sharing with others notable (and sometimes unexpected) findings that relate to my own scientific interests and research.

New Paper: Genomic Imprinting, Human Skeletal Muscle and Exercise Epigenetics

Imprinted genes, a fundamentally epigenetic phenomena, are genes which show genotype-independent parent-of-origin effects. Genomic imprinting is a good example of an epigenetic effect because a key component of the environment (i.e., whether the gene was transmitted from sperm or egg) leaves a functional but reversible … Continue reading

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Does maternal exercise during pregnancy alter the fetal epigenome?

Chalk and Brown (2014) hypothesized that exercising during pregnancy can permanently alter offspring epigenetics. Epigenetics is literally defined as ‘above genetics’ and includes all heritable variation in gene activity that is not due to changes in the underlying DNA sequence. … Continue reading

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17th Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting

17th Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior Meeting Uppsala, Sweden, May 19-23, 2015 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS The IBANGS 17th Annual Genes, Brain and Behavior (GBB) Meeting provides an excellent opportunity for those involved in research in the fields of behavioural genetics and … Continue reading

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From DNA to Social Minds, 30 June – 1 July 2014

Overview “Although individual differences are present for almost all social attitudes and behaviours studied to date, the origin of this variation is still not well understood. To achieve such understanding it is becoming clear that interdisciplinary investigations are required that … Continue reading

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Stress, a way to make stem cells? Could be an evolutionary adaptation to harsh environments — Archaea Extremophiles

Recent papers in Nature (see news story below) suggest that acidic stress of mature cells could can make pluripotent stem cells.  I hypothesize that this response is evidence of an ancient evolutionary adaptation to harsh environments — Archae Extremophiles may … Continue reading

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New molecular epigenomics pyrosequencing technology in my lab

We are very excited to have a new PyroMark Q24 for the quantification of DNA methylation, SNPs, Insertions / Deletions and Copy Number Variations. We are getting nearer to having ‘all four wheels on this cart’.

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Behaviour (2013) meeting at the Sage Gateshead Newcastle

4-8 August 2013 Source: http://iec2013.com/ Behaviour 2013 is a joint meeting of the 33rd International Ethological Conference (IEC) and the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour (ASAB). The conference will be held at The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle Gateshead, England between 4th and 8th … Continue reading

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