Since Darwin, research in evolutionary
biology tries to understand biodiversity - the great
number of species in nature, each with features so
well adapted to its environment. In our current
understanding of evolution, the genes and the
mutations responsible for phenotypic differences have
no distinctive features: mutations occur randomly and
a few of them happen to spread in populations through
selection and chance. However, phenotypic evolution
may not involve random genes and random mutations.
There might be rules to be discovered about the
mutations underlying evolution.
We are using a combination of various
approaches to identify the mutations responsible for
evolutionary changes and to reconstruct past
evolutionary events. We hope that our work will
provide new and rigorous data to better understand our
evolution, past and future.
Updated February 2016
Photo V. Orgogozo - developing genitalia