My field of research is behavioural epigenetics and how a rapid and artificial evolution such as domestication influences genetic factors. Continuing on a line of research that started a few years ago, what we are interested in are the epigenetic differences between domestic breeds of chicken and their wild ancestors, the red Junglefowl. We also want to study closer the transmission of environmental effects such as stress, and how those factors shape behavioural changes in the affected animals and their offspring. By combining gene expression analysis results with measurements of epigenetic markers such as DNA methylation we hope to further understand and show proof of transgenerational inheritance as a factor in the aforementioned domestic event.
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