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The analysis of completely sequenced genomes will play a fundamental role in future phylogenetic and evolutionary studies.
For example, sequence data from completely sequenced genomes will be used as reference in phylogenetic analyses.
Completely sequenced genomes not only provide an unprecedented amount of primary sequence data, but also allow analyzing genomic meta-characters, such as the order of genes and the position of introns within genes.
In research on speciation, the analysis of completely sequenced genomes will for the first time allow us to understand in detail the genetics of species divergences that evolved during speciation.
The section genomics at the zmb is currently focused on comparative genomics in an evolutionary context and aims to better understand morphological and genomic transitions in the evolution of the arthropods.
To reach this goal, the section genomics is deeply involved in international initiatives, such as i5K and 1KITE . Head of the section genomics at the zmb is Dr. Oliver Niehuis, who has expertise in de novo sequencing of non-model organisms, the development of new phylogenomic analysis methods, and in the analysis of speciation genes.
Genome research at the zmb is conducted in cooperation with scientists of the section bioinformatics. One major project, in which scientists of the section genomics and section bioinformatics at the zmb work tightly together as partner of the i5K initiative, aims to understand the origin and evolution of winged insects.
The data and results from this project will be of major interest and will significantly increase the perception of all participating scientists at the ZFMK in the scientific community and in the public.