In July this year former PhD student Connie Ge├čner published her data on specific SNP-linkage groups in chinook salmon Oncorhynchus tshawytscha, and how male-female relatedness influence cryptic female choice in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B.

Together with collaborators Dr. Sheri Jonhson, Dr. Paul Fisher, Dr. Shannon Clarke and Dr. Jane Symonds, Connie and other members of the Gemmell lab were able to link reproductive success to genetic similarity in a few key genes in male and female individuals. Two of these genes were also identified as affecting fertility in humans, so there could be significant implications of these findings to clinical infertility problems.

The article has received great exposure both here in NZ, with Neil featuring in a Otago University MediaRelease article, as well as in the UK and also in Germany, where Connie is currently based. Neil was interviewed on BBC Radio 4 by Dr. Adam Rutherford (aka. Gene Genie) in the program BBC inside Science (starting at 19min50sec), and Connie was interviewed by german Radio breadcaster Deutschlandfunk (click here for Connie's interview).

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