2018 is off to a great start! Our latest paper on the evolutionary origin of insect wings is now published in PNAS (self-archived version here, and SI from here). By studying wing related tissues in the abdomen of beetles, we obtained further evidence supporting a dual evolutionary origin of insect wings. Hope you like it!
Courtney presented her PhD work at the Biology Departmental Seminar. The seminar was beautifully delivered, followed by some good discussions. We celebrated the success of the seminar with beer and lavash :-)
Still preprint, but the manuscript regarding our effort to establish a system to analyze enhancers in Tribolium is now available on bioRxiv (link).
We had a lot of struggles to make this work, but we also had a lot of fun collaborating with Dan, Marc, and Ezzat. This work was not possible at all without their help. No celebration yet, as we still need to find good home for this manuscript (fingers crossed), but hope this is a big step forward in insect evodevo!
We made all of our FAIRE data available (NCBI GEO link here), so you can take a look at your genes and hunt for your enhancers!
Jake Schultz, a sophomore undergrad researcher, spent the entire summer in the lab and conducted his USS-funded project on establishing mayflies as an evo-devo model system. Thanks to the hard work of Jake and Courtney, we now have some mayflies in the lab!
Our review on insect wing origin has been published in Current Opinion in Insect Science! In this review, we did our best summarizing the history of the wing origin debate and how eve-devo can contribute to solve this century-long debate. Hope you enjoy reading it!
Current Opinion in Insect Science link