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Population genomics of the house mouse and the brown rat

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Ullrich,  Kristian K.
Department Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Tautz,  Diethard
Department Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Max Planck Society;

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Ullrich, K. K., & Tautz, D. (2020). Population genomics of the house mouse and the brown rat. In J. Y. Dutheil (Ed.), Statistical Population Genomics (pp. 435-452). US: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-1-0716-0199-0_18.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-206A-0
Abstract
Mice (Mus musculus) and rats (Rattus norvegicus) have long served as model systems for biomedicalresearch. However, they are also excellent models for studying the evolution of populations, subspecies,and species. Within the past million years, they have spread in various waves across large parts of the globe,with the most recent spread in the wake of human civilization. They have developed into commensalspecies, but have also been able to colonize extreme environments on islands free of human civilization.Given that ample genomic and genetic resources are available for these species, they have thus also becomeideal mammalian systems for evolutionary studies on adaptation and speciation, particularly in the combi-nation with the rapid developments in population genomics. The chapter provides an overview of thesystems and their history, as well as of available resources.