Evolutionary Genetics

Module code: BS3000

‘Evolutionary genetics’ gives you an introductory overview of the genetic basis for the evolution of genes, genomes, and phenotypes from both theoretical and experimental perspectives. This module will investigate the evolution of life from the RNA world and beyond. By exploring evolutionary histories of gene regulation with particular reference to developmental and behavioural genes in humans, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the role that evolution plays in the diversity and maintenance of different life forms.

Topics covered

  • Phylogenetic analysis of complex phenotypes
  • The signature of natural selection in DNA sequences
  • The evolution of gene regulation with particular reference to developmental and behavioural genes
  • Gene duplication and evolutionary reconstruction
  • Human evolution, genetic history and dispersal
  • Agriculture, language, adaptation and disease
  • Genetics of animal domestication
  • Using ancient DNA to study the evolutionary past
  • The effects of spontaneous and environmentally induced mutation on genetic variability