Evolutionary Genomic Innovation Within the Phylum Arthropoda

Evolutionary Genomic Innovation Within the Phylum Arthropoda

September 19, 2018


727 E. Tyler St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


Biodesign Institute, Auditorium

Date and Time

October 4, 2018, 10:00 am (Length: 1 hour 0 minutes)

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Stephen Richards, Associate Professor, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine

Arthropods comprise the largest and most diverse phylum on Earth and play vital roles in nearly every ecosystem. Their diversity stems in part from variations on a conserved body plan, resulting from and recorded in adaptive changes in the genome. Dissection of the genomic record of sequence change enables broad questions regarding genome evolution to be addressed, even across hyperdiverse taxa within arthropods. Using 76 whole-genome sequences representing 21 orders spanning more than 500 million years of arthropod evolution, The Richards lab documents changes in gene and protein domain content and provides temporal and phylogenetic context for interpreting these innovations. These analyses demonstrate how large-scale comparative genomics can provide broad new insights into the genotype to phenotype map and generate testable hypotheses about the evolution of animal diversity.