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Dear Dr. Jiggins:

It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript entitled 'Characterization of a hotspot for mimicry: Assembly of a butterfly wing transcriptome to genomic sequence at the HmYb/Sb locus' in its current form for publication in Molecular Ecology. [...]

Looks like the paper that I contributed on has been accepted. I'm a middle author for some bioinformatics work I helped do some algorithms for.

Thank you Ronald Lee, for bringing me into this work. Thanks to my supervisors Phil Batterham and Charlie Robin for giving me latitude to pursue it. Thanks deathbyshinies for getting me to Cambridge and Edinburgh to meet Chris Jiggins and Sujai Kumar. And of course, if I hadn't done perl with Andrew Perry, Vladimir Likic, Malcolm McConville and Paul Gooley, and with Doug Hilton and Ben Kile, I wouldn't be a nascent bioinformatician in the first place.

Thank God, today is a good day.


Jul. 16th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Yes it is all about the evolution and development of mimicry.

There are two butterfly species involved. They're very distantly related and they are found over a wide geographical area.

If you looked at one geographical site, species A has the same yellow and red markings as species B, which is handy because species A tastes terrible.

If you go to the next site Species A' has the same markings as Species B'.

but if you compare B to B' across two different sites they look completely different.

How did this happen. It's like two cousins meet after living in africa and iceland (and their parents never intermarried with the locals), and the african dude is black and the icelandic dude is nordic.

(Actually in humans, different ethnic groups are all part of the same species. With these butterflies, A physically cannot breed with B even if they wanted to.)

So how did this take place?

to find out Ronald took the RNA from the yellow bar and red spot loci and sequenced them on a 454 high throughput sequencer. Sujai and I trimmed and quality checked the sequences. The folks at exeter aligned and assembled the transcriptome into a predicted genomic contig....

and to finish the story we handed it to a guy who knows math and I'm still trying to figure out what the lead author said.

I'll read the paper again and try to summarise it.

Edited at 2009-07-16 04:21 am (UTC)

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