Mike Shapiro (Univ. Utah)

Mike Shapiro (Univ. Utah)

Butler Seminar Series

Event Date/Location

May 24, 2017 - 12:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory 003


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    Mike Shapiro

    Associate Professor of Biology
    University of Utah
    Department of Human Genetics


Endless pigeons most beautiful and most wonderful: genetics of Darwin’s "special group"

Abstract: The rock pigeon (Columba livia) is among the most phenotypically diverse and widely distributed avian species in the world. We are combining traditional genetics, whole-genome sequencing, and developmental analyses to understand the evolution of diversity among the hundreds of breeds within this species. In doing so, we are addressing fundamental questions about the genetic architecture of phenotypic change. In particular, our combined approach is revealing a spectrum of mutations that control the orientation, color, and placement of plumage within and among breeds


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