Comparative Genomics of Non-Model Invertebrates

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IGNITE researchers study the errors in orthology inference and their effects on evolutionary analyses

IGNITE researchers, Paschalis Natsidis (ESR 12) and Prof. Max Telford, have recently conducted a study on the Systematic errors in inference and their effects on evolutionary analyses, made available in the iScience Journal. The publication has its main focus on investigating the errors in identifying orthologous genes and has found that they increase with higher rates of evolution. Orthology is a type of homology where the homologous genes or... show more

IGNITE research calls for extreme caution towards results of SARS-CoV-2 phylogenetic analysis

A research article recently published in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution provides an investigation into phylogenetic methods used to investigate the evolution and spread of COVID-19. The paper called "Phylogenetic Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Data Is Difficult" analyses SARS-CoV-2 evolution using a data-driven approach and provides a review of the difficulties of inferring reliable phylogenies of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.   ... show more

IGNITE's 4th Network Wide Training Event (online)

A report prepared by IGNITE student representatives   IGNITE just held its fourth Network Wide Training Event (NTE) from 1 to 4 February 2021. Virtual for the first time, the training was organised by Prof. Agostinho Antunes (B2-CIIMAR) and attended by all ESRs. With the goal to enhance academic knowledge and practical skills, the workshop included a hands-on scientific writing workshop, as well as lectures taught by project beneficiarie... show more

IGNITE now on YouTube: Learning materials on high performance computing and phylogenetics

IGNITE has recently launched a YouTube channel, containing learning materials on high performance computing and phylogenetics. Prof Alexandros Stamatakis, Group leader on Computational molecular evolution at the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) and supervisor on the IGNITE ESR Project 9: Auto-tuned & flexible phylogenetic likelihood calculations recorded a number of online educational videos. A total of ten clip... show more

Blog post: COVID-19 impact on IGNITE ESR projects

The global pandemic has been an unfortunate consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak, which affected numerous sectors of our everyday life. Now, a few months after it all began, the IGNITE PhD students share how the pandemic and the resulting lockdown affected their work and life. Fortunately, although being restricted from laboratory access, the majority of the students’ work has not been severely affected. By utilising numerous means of virtu... show more