Líffræðifélag Íslands - biologia.is
Líffræðiráðstefnan 2017

Erindi/veggspjald / Talk/poster E89

What do Atlantic cod reproduction and cancer cell proliferation have in common?

Höfundar / Authors: Katrín Halldórsdóttir, Einar Árnason

Starfsvettvangur / Affiliations: Háskóli Íslands

Kynnir / Presenter: Katrín Halldórsdóttir

Multiple merger coalescents are new models in population genetics that differ from the traditional Kingman coalescents in having a chance of multiple merger at a time, and even simultaneous multiple such event, instead of the bifurcating Kingman, which al- lows only two lineages to merge at anyone time. For high fecundity organisms like the Atlantic cod multiple merger coalescents are a more reasonable scenario then King- man’s coalescents. Interestingly, new studies show that cancer cells proliferate in a way that their gene genealogies follow multiple merger coalescents.