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View of the Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park. Photo by Giorgio Bertorelle

Assessing the growth rate of our Adriatic sturgeons 9.03.2021

After a period of acclimatization, our sturgeons are ready for the firsts measurements necessary to assess their fitness. Size and weight are two parameters often used to evaluate fitness, especially when it comes to fish. It is generally expected, all things being equal, that individuals with a better overall health condition will show a higher … Continue reading Assessing the growth rate of our Adriatic sturgeons 9.03.2021

Reading DNA to reconstruct the demographic history of species

What if the evolutionary history of a species over the last millions of years could be reconstructed using genomic information from a few currently living individuals? This may sound like science fiction but has become a reality thanks to the recent revolution in sequencing techniques. As the DNA is transmitted across individuals from all their … Continue reading Reading DNA to reconstruct the demographic history of species

Different study species means different type of sample to deal with! 17.02.2021

We have finally finished the DNA extraction for most of the project species. This was not an easy task considering the different origin of the samples: bear’s blood and muscle, lizard’s muscle, butterfly’s head and thorax, frog skin and sturgeon fin tissue.We tested mainly two methods: extraction through Phenol/Chloroform/IAA and PureLink ® Genomics mini kit. … Continue reading Different study species means different type of sample to deal with! 17.02.2021

Sampling in paradise: the Aeolian lizard in Strombolicchio e La Canna 23.12.2020

Sampling can be difficult, exhausting, and dangerous, but also rewarding and unforgettable. One of the Endemixit species, the beautiful Aeolian wall lizard (Podarcis raffonei), has a quite nice distribution range. You can find them in some little volcanic islands and rocks in the Aeolian archipelago, about 50 km north of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. … Continue reading Sampling in paradise: the Aeolian lizard in Strombolicchio e La Canna 23.12.2020

Looking into the “genetic future”: simulations of a genetic rescue plan 10.12.2020

The huge amount of information contained in the genomes of the species we study will allow us to reconstruct their past history and, most importantly,  to envisage conservation actions to preserve genetic variability and “genetic health” (for example, avoiding inbreeding depression and genetic load). But can we predict the genetic effects of a conservation strategy? … Continue reading Looking into the “genetic future”: simulations of a genetic rescue plan 10.12.2020

Endemixit is now a project affiliated to the EBP! 6.12.2020

EBP is a consortium with the mission of sequencing the DNA (complete genomes) of all life on Earth in 10 years, to protect biodiversity, understanding ecosystems, and benefiting human welfare. Endemixit will contribute, first in Italy and together with other 36 projects around the world, sharing ideas, methods and approaches.

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