RESEARCH - OVERVIEW
The work of the laboratory focuses on the origin of new genes, new functions, and their role in genome evolution, adaptation, and species differences. How new genes originate is a fundamental evolutionary problem. Several questions are essential in this field. How do new genes originate? How beneficial are these acquisitions for the organisms? Are there any patterns of new gene origination? What are the rates of gene gain and gene loss? What is the role of these acquisitions and losses in genome evolution, adaptation, and species differences? Luckily, nowadays, these questions can be addressed. We are using available new powerful technologies: complete genome sequences, comparative genomics procedures, sequence analyses, molecular evolutionary studies, expression profile studies, array technology, promoter analyses and gene targeting techniques.