Classic Papers in Comparative Genomics (2S)

392130 Bohnenkämper Winter 2022/23 (Monday, 16-18 in U10-146)


The students will read influential research papers on Comparative Genomics from earlier periods. Each student will select one such paper and give a preferably concise oral presentation (~ 25 min). They will subsequently write a summary of their chosen paper. Whether the summary passes or not is decided primarily on its clarity and completeness, not its length.

Both the presentation and the summary are requested to be in English as it is the dominant language of the research in this area.

In the initial sessions after the assignment of topics, we will discuss the papers as a group and resolve any questions or difficulties together. Optionally (depending on the experience of the students), we will also cover an aspect of scientific reading and writing in each of these sessions.

The class will be held in person in U10-146 as long as the current situation is favorable enough. On student request or resulting from a change in the situation, the class may be transferred to a hybrid or Zoom class.


  • The written summary is to be handed in at most two weeks after the presentation.
  • If you are unsure whether your presentation fits the format, you should make an appointment with me approximately one week before the presentation.


Date Topic Name Reading Homework
10.10.2022 Organizational Matters / (Tutorial: Reading) / (Introduction to Comparative Genomics) Leonard
17.10.2022 (Leonard away, Reading Week)
24.10.2022 No Seminar, Topic Selection (see e-mail to ekvv-mailinglist)
31.10.2022 Tutorial: Talking, Writing, (Preparing Presentations)
07.11.2022 Reading Week Bergeron et al. 2006
14.11.2022 Bergeron et al. 2006
21.11.2022 Q&A Session (Preparing Presentations) Leonard
28.11.2022 Sankoff 1992 Franziska
05.12.2022 Feijao & Medianis 2011 Roy
12.12.2022 Caprara 1999 Leonie Braga et al. 2011 or Compeau 2013
19.12.2022 Braga et al. 2011 and Compeau 2013
26.12.2022 (Winter Break)
02.01.2022 (Winter break) Tannier et al. 2009
09.01.2023 Tannier et al. 2009 (part 1) Tannier et al. 2009
16.01.2022 Tannier et al. 2009 (part 2) Tannier et al. 2009
23.01.2022 Tannier et al. 2009 (part 3) Tannier et al. 2009
30.01.2022 Tannier et al. 2009 (part 4)

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