Rapid Correspondence – Gender Genomics and Equality

In response to the recent publication of the Florida Lancelet’s genome draft in the June 19th issue of Nature (Nature 453:1064-1071), Mark Hauber of the University of Auckland, New Zealand and colleagues here highlight the important and broader issue of gender genomics in this context.  Read more

Book Review – ‘Speciation in Birds’ by Trevor Price

Speciation in Birds Trevor Price Roberts & Co. Publishers, CO, USA; 2007. 152pp. ISBN 0-9747077-8-3 Review by Jim Groombridge This book declares as one of its aims to sort out the complementary roles of geographical isolation and ecological differentiation in birds, and in this it succeeds. The author, Trevor Price, integrates modern advances in our understanding of evolutionary time (phylogenetics) alongside the more traditional disciplines of geography, behaviour and ecology in our interpretation of bird speciation. Given the obvious links that the subject of this book has with the likes of Charles Darwin and David Lack, perhaps more could have  … Read more

Rapid Correspondence – Molecular clock debate

The complex issue of mtDNA rate measurement is a topic of hot debate. In the first issue of Heredity this year H-J Bandelt (Heredity 100, 1-2) provided an interesting news and commentary on this topic, discussing the use of simple mtDNA clocks in molecular dating.  Read more

Rapid Correspondence – One-sided evolution or two? A reply to Ennos

A recent News and Commentary published in Heredity (Heredity 100, 3-4) proposed an alternative hypothesis to the ‘pollinator shift’ hypothsis suggested in a letter by Whittall and Hodges published in Nature (Nature 447, 706-709) . Here, Scott Hodges and Justen Whittall provide their response to this.  Read more

Rapid Correspondence – Mitochondrial DNA polymorphism in birds

After reading with interest an article by Berlin et al. (Heredity 99, 389-396) on mitochondiral variability in birds, Anthony Hickey proposes an alternative interpretation to the data showing low mtDNA diversity, which they attributed to Hill-Robertson effects.  Read more