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Genetics has three essential strands: the principles of heredity, the molecular basis of gene structure and function, and the way genes behave in populations and change through time.

Genetics is at the forefront of many areas of biological research and has a strong presence in the Department of Zoology. We are particularly interested in the genetic basis of development (frogs), sexual maturation (fish) and behaviour (bees). We also look at the genetics of endangered birds, how genetics can be used to describe species and their relationships, and ways in which we can mathematically model genetic change and inheritance.

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