Comparing apples with apples: Our first plant genomes
New reference genomes have been published for Britain and Ireland's only native wild apple, Malus sylvestris, and four varieties of eating apples (Malus domestica) cultivated on these islands.
Orcinus orca: How a tragic stranding helped us dive into the killer whale genome
Our new orca reference genome may unlock secrets to this apex predator’s evolution, threats from inbreeding, and better understanding of killer whales in British and Irish waters.
Badger genome will help study bovine TB, climate change and evolution
Researchers at the University of Oxford collected blood samples from an individual plus both its parents, as part of a long-term study in Wytham Woods.
Small adder's-tongue fern: A small plant with a big genome
The team from the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh couldn’t miss the opportunity to collect the rare Ophioglossum azoricum, taking a trip to the remote Isle of Raasay.
Wych elm vs. Dutch elm disease: Giants, genomes and true grit in the Scottish Borders
Dutch elm disease has ravaged our native trees since the 1980s. By studying the genomes of the survivors, we may begin to understand resilience to the fungal pathogen. And you can get involved!
Understanding our fish, keeping our seas sustainable
Genomics is giving researchers and industry a fine-grain picture of which fish swim in our waters, and where. This knowledge helps avoid the overfishing disasters of the past.
Chicken of the Woods: Our first fungus genome
Our first fungus genome will help us understand this key ecosystem engineer, its boost to biodiversity, and potential for new medicines and chemical compounds to protect our future.
Parasitoid wasps: Indispensable insects you never think about… or never want to!
Eating caterpillars from the inside, paralysing spiders… and pollinating! Parasitoid wasps are a diverse and massive group of insects, and we’ve just sequenced our first genome of one.
Thistle the deer may be gone, but her legacy to science lives on
The long-lived red deer will become "genomotype" for her species, while researchers hope her longevity can help answer questions about ageing and age-related disease.
Wolf to dog: Digging into the genome of Canis lupus familiaris
Dogs, descended from wolves, were the first animals domesticated by humans, some 40,000 years ago. Our wolf genome is now helping researchers unravel the evolutionary past of our canine companions.
The 12 Days of Christmas at Darwin Tree of Life
The traditional "12 Days of Christmas" reimagined with the huge variety of species having their genomes sequenced by the Darwin Tree of Life project.
Pearl-bordered fritillary: At risk butterfly lays foundations for her species’ recovery
A female butterfly has not only provided her eggs for reintroduction efforts in the Malvern Hills, but will also become the reference genome for her species - aiding conservation across Britain.
Majestic marine worms under the microscope
Among the coastal creatures collected by the Marine Biological Association for the Darwin Tree of Life project are a staggering variety of marine worms. We get the close up on 14 fascinating species.
Where wolves: Can genomics help bring back Britain’s lost apex predator?
Wolves were eradicated from Britain around 300 years ago, leaving a hole in our ecosystem. How might new high-quality genomes help bring back this and other missing species?
Halloween genomes: 5 spooky species newly sequenced
Forget the folklore, never mind the movies. Decoding the DNA of these species can transform our view of them from horror tropes to essential parts of our ecosystem.
Warts and all: The differences between frogs and toads
Darwin Tree of Life has sequenced the genomes for the common frog (Rana temporaria) and common toad (Bufo bufo). But what do “frog” and “toad” mean in an evolutionary and genomic sense?
Lineus longissimus: Marine medicines from the ribbon worm
The world's longest animal, and very slimy - researchers hope that the genomes of these worms will help uncover new chemical compounds.
Eimeria: The chicken parasite costing farmers billions
By sequencing the genome of this single-celled coccidian parasite, scientists hope to develop better vaccines to protect poultry from a disease causing severe diarrhoea and death.
Large Tortoiseshell: The mystery of Britain’s reappearing butterfly
Having disappeared in the 1950s, this large lepidopteran is back and breeding on UK shores - but we don’t know why. Might its newly sequenced genome provide some clues?
Release of full bee genome sequences creates a buzz
Full genome sequences for three of the bumblebee species found in Britain and Ireland