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Project: Analysis of large-scale gene duplications in fishes as model systems for vertebrate genome evolution

01-OCT-04 – 30-SEP-08

Many scientists believe that there were two large-scale gene duplications at the origin of the vertebrates (2R) which made the success of this group possible. About 320 million years ago, the fishes underwent an additional large-scale gene duplication (3R). The goal is to bring more clarity in vertebrate genome evolution and in the mechanisms that cause gene loss and the development of novel gene functions.