Jim Leebens-Mack, a professor of Plant Biology, and PBIO PhD alumnus Alex Harkess were featured in an article on PHYS.org about their research, which was recently published in Nature Communications. They have sequenced the genome of garden asparagus as a model for sex chromosome evolution, which not only gives insight into asparagus breeding but also helps answer questions about the origin and early evolution of sex chromosomes. Check out the article HERE and the publication HERE. Way to go!!