Selective response to Lead (Pb) pollution in the house sparrow

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Our paper on genetic changes in response to Lead pollution in the outback towns of Broken Hill (NSW) and Mount Isa (Queensland), has been published in the journal, Science of the Total Environment. The paper, “Signs of adaptation to trace metal contamination in a common urban bird” focuses on changes in the frequency of 35 SNP’s linked to a number of genes, some of which have been shown to relate to the transfer of heavy metals across cell membranes.

The study, led by Sam Andrew, and part of his PhD project was done in collaboration with the team in Trondheim led by Henrik Jensen, and also Mark Taylor at MQ.

The study was covered by a few stories in the media and one of those stories can be found here.  The article itself can be accessed here.

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