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Chalopin, D. et al, Genome Biol Evol 2015

Transposable elements (TEs) are a large component of vertebrates genomes. They play a major role in their architecture and evolution. Comparing 23 vertebrate genomes team of JN Volff has shown the importance of TEs in the structure and evolution of vertebrate’s genomes and their important role in their diversity both between and within lineages.
This study is published in GBE.

Astyanax mexicanus
Photo by B.A.Stahl

Team of J.-N. Volff has sign a paper in Nature communication for the sequencing of Astyanax mexicanus,a blind cave tetra. This study reveals candidate genes for eyes loss due to cave life conditions.

Link to the publication here.

Nematostella embryo
Hudry et al., eLife 2014

S. Merabet and colleagues has shown in a complete study published in eLife that identical molecular rules and conserved functions characterize Hox-TALE interaction networks in Cnidaria and Bilateria.

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Rainbow trout
(Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Team of J.-N. Volff has participate to the sequencing of rainbow trout genome that gives novel insights into evolution after whole-genome duplication in vertebrates.

Press release in English
Link to the publication.


Parhyale 2

(P. hawaiensis) Credit: V. Moncorgé

Averof's team studied the mechanisms involved in regeneration (ability possessed by some animals to replace their amputated limbs) in a genically tractable model, the small crustacean Parhyale hawaiensis. This nice study was published in Science.

Press release here.


"I've grabbed you bug!" or when the expression of a gene ensures the durability of a species. Abderrahmann Khila has published in the famous journal Science an article about the incredible adaptation of male water bugs (Rheumatobates rileyi) ...more here (in french).

Laudet_IGFL Vincent Laudet is Professor at the ENS, Director of the IGFL and head of a research group called ‘Molecular Zoology’. He is best known for his analysis of the phylogeny and evolution of the nuclear receptor superfamily. His group now focuses on the role of thyroid hormone receptors or retinoic acid receptors in evolution, with an Evo/Devo perspective. Some years ago he also started from scratch a new research program on teeth Evo/ Devo, using rodent and fish as model systems...His interview in "Current Biology" here.
Laudet.png Bisphenol A has been widely studied for its ecotoxicity and adverse effects on reproduction. Moreover, it has a drastic effect on the development of the inner ear of the zebra fish and Xenopus, as shown by studies conducted by the team of Vincent Laudet ...more here (in french). fabricechatonnet_150.gif Frédéric Flamant and his team "Neurodevelopment" at IGFL has studied for the first time the action of thyroid hormone (TH) on the whole genome. This study identified target genes of TH specifically  regulated either by TRa either TRb, the two TH receptors. Results are published in PNAS (please click here).
Viriot.png Laurent Viriot and his team have published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, American scientific magazine)a study that could have implications in dental tissue regeneration in the humans ... more details here.


(L. menadoensis)Credit: Aquamarine Fukushima

J-N. Volff (Fish evolutionary genomics" team) and D. Chalopin, a PhD student, have participated for the sequencing of the cœlacanth genome. Results are published in Nature (find pdf by clicking here). More here; and here (in french).
Sailland.png Julliette Sailland, PhD student in the team of Jean-Marc Vanacker has been awarded with the ARC prize "Cathenine Regnard" in 2011 for her popular article (in french) based on her research for new treatment against breast cancer ...more here.