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   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


November 2015: Check out our two new papers: the genetic basis of genital shape and replaying the tape of life in the 21rst century

May 2015: Check out our new paper on the relationship between genotype and phenotype. 2000 views already!

November 2014: Virginie received the Prix Irène Joliot-Curie "Jeune Femme Scientifique". Watch the video.

June 2014: Alexandre has been selected to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. He is expected to meet about 30 Nobel laureates!

April 2014: Virginie was chosen among "40 under 40" by the journal Cell.

March 2014: Virginie received the Bronze Medal from the CNRS.

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