Tree of Life

  • 28 March 2022

    Meet Leia Zhao, a research assistant working in the Evolutionary Genomics group in the Tree of Life Programme.

  • 8 March 20226.2 min read

    Evolutionary genomics, creepy crawlies and being a woman in science

  • 16 February 202211.4 min read

    We spoke to some of the team planning to sequence the DNA of every plant species in Britain and Ireland about the diversity of plant genomes and the importance of plant science in the face of global challenges.

  • 20 December 20216.8 min read

    Dogs, descended from wolves, were the first animals to be domesticated by humans, some 40,000 years ago. New research, using modern DNA sequencing, is unravelling the evolutionary history of our canine companions.

  • 16 December 202114 min read

    Teams have been collecting species across the UK - from the mountains of Scotland, to the sea caves of Wales, and the forests of Oxfordshire. Back in the labs we’ve been processing protists, extracting DNA, and assembling and publishing the first of our high-quality, reference genomes.

  • 18 October 20216.1 min read

    “They’re not cute or charismatic. They have toxic mucus. But I like nemerteans because no one is rooting for them – and we know so little about them.”

  • 28 September 20215.5 min read

    In this guest post, Sadye Paez and Marcela Uliano-Silva explore what it takes to sequence the genomes of all life on Earth with the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

  • Eimeria tenella oocysts
    23 September 20214.5 min read

    By sequencing the genome of this single-celled coccidian parasite, scientists hope to develop better vaccines to protect poultry from a disease that causes severe diarrhoea and death.