Current Research
Molecular Basis of Vertebrate Evolution

David Kingsley is interested in the molecular mechanisms that control evolutionary change in vertebrates. Kingsley and his team focus on such questions as what specific gene changes produce evolutionary differences seen in nature, what kinds of mutations occurred in those genes, how predictable evolution is, and how evolution has produced characteristics that make us uniquely human. The team studies these questions in mice, stickleback fish, and people, using a variety of genetic and genomic methods.

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