Inspired by R.E.H.A.B., as well as its fellow journal clubs including EvolFri, C.A.M.P., E.H.R.A.B., Detox, etc., we assemble an informal journal club at UNL to share ideas regarding recent papers or preprints of interest. We focus on, but not limited to, QUantitative genetics and genomics, bio-Informatics and breeding Technologies in all aspects.

Anyone is welcome to suggest a paper (by sending an email to jinliang.yang at and come to talk with us. Nobody will present or defend the papers. We directly jump right into discussion with the assumption that you have read the paper. There is no email list; articles are posted below along with the date.

Notice: Changing time and Location

We meet every Thursday at 3:00 pm, at UNL East Campus (ask to find the location).



  • 03-29-2018: The effect of artificial selection on phenotypic plasticity in maize. By Gage et al., 2017

    GWAS, GxE, maize

  • 03-22-2018: Dysregulation of expression correlates with rare-allele burden and fitness loss in maize. By Kremling et al., 2018

    RNA-seq, fitness, maize

  • 03-15-2018: Microbial genome-enabled insights into plant–microorganism interactions. By Guttman et al., 2014

    microbiome, review

  • 03-08-2018: Dissecting the genetic architecture controlling highly polygenic traits via simulations in crop species. Contact Jinliang.yang at to get the paper.

    GWAS, polygenic

  • 03-02-2018: Quantitative Genetic Analysis of the Maize Leaf Microbiome. by Wallace et al., 2018

    GWAS, microbiome


  • 02-23-2018: Enhancing resolution of natural methylome reprogramming behavior in plants. by Sanchez et al., 2017


  • 02-16-2018: No Q.U.I.T. Celebrating Lunar New Year! Read below ones: Genetic architecture: the shape of the genetic contribution to human traits and disease. by Timpson et al., 2018 Using partitioned heritability methods to explore genetic architecture. by Evans and Keller

    GWAS, human

  • 02-09-2018: No Q.U.I.T. because of the weather. Stay warm and read this at home. A phylogenetic method to perform genome-wide association studies in microbes that accounts for population structure and recombination. by Collins and Didelot, 2018

    GWAS, phylogenetic

  • 02-02-2018: Dynamic DNA methylation reconfiguration during seed development and germination. by Kawakatsu et al., 2017

    methylation, arabidopsis


  • 01-26-2018: Genomic features shaping the landscape of meiotic double-strand-break hotspots in maize. by He et al., 2017

    maize, recombination

  • 01-19-2018: Pairwise comparisons across species are problematic when analyzing functional genomic data. by Dunn et al., 2017

    functional genomics, comparative



  • 12-08-2017: Genetics of trans-regulatory variation in gene expression. by Albert et al., 2017

    eQTL, transcriptome

  • 12-01-2017: Information Theory Broadens the Spectrum of Molecular Ecology and Evolution. by Sherwin et al., 2017. Jinliang is out of town. Zhian Kamvar will lead the discussion.

    Information Theory, Ecology, Evolution


  • 11-24-2017: It is Black Friday. Go shopping! No QUIT.

  • 11-17-2017: Widespread natural variation of DNA methylation within angiosperms. by Niederhuth et al., 2017


  • 11-08-2017: The dynamics of molecular evolution over 60,000 generations. by Good et al., 2017. Note that Dr. Jeff Ross-Ibarra, the founder of R.E.H.A.B., will join us for this special Q.U.I.T. (a REHAB-like event at UNL). (It is on Wednesday at The Oven Haymarket from 5:15-6:00pm for this Q.U.I.T. only!)

    evolution, E. coli

  • 11-03-2017: Machine Learning for Population Genetics: A New Paradigm. by Scheider and Kern. 2017

    Machine learning, popgen


  • 10-27-2017: No Q.U.I.T. CASNR New Faculty Social.

  • 10-20-2017: Genomic basis and evolutionary potential for extreme drought adaptation in Arabidopsis thaliana. by Exposito-Alonso et al., 2017

    drought, adaptation

  • 10-13-2017: Genomic estimation of complex traits reveals ancient maize adaptation to temperate North America. by Swarts et al., 2017

    maize, ancient DNA, adaptation

  • 10-06-2017: An Expanded View of Complex Traits: From Polygenic to Omnigenic. by Boyle, Li, and Pritchard, 2017

    complex trait, polygenic, review


  • 09-29-2017: Gene expression drives the evolution of dominance. by Huber et al., 2017

    RNA-seq, dominance, evolution

  • 09-22-2017: Discovering genetic interactions bridging pathways in genome-wide association studies. by Fang et al., 2017

    GWAS, pathway, method

  • 09-15-2017: Patterns of gene body methylation predict coral fitness in new environments. by Dixon et al., 2017

    gene body methylation, fitness

  • 09-08-2017: no Q.U.I.T.

  • 09-01-2017: Genomic prediction reveals significant non-additive effects for growth in hybrid Eucalyptus. by Tan et al., 2017

    Genomic Prediction, non-additive

August 25, 2017

August 18, 2017

  • Detecting Gene Subnetworks Under Selection In Biological Pathways. by Gouy et al., 2017

    gene network, selection

July 28, 2017

  • Negative selection in humans and fruit flies involves synergistic epistasis. by Sohail et al., 2017

    Epistasis, negative selection

July 28, 2017

  • Narrow-sense heritability estimation of complex traits using identity-by-descent information. by Evans et al., 2017

    Missing heritability, simulated phenotype

June 16, 2017

  • Widespread signatures of negative selection in the genetic architecture of human complex traits. by Zeng et al., 2017

    Deleterious alleles, MAF, purifying selection, genomic selection, and polygenicity.

April 21, 2017

  • Fast, scalable prediction of deleterious noncoding variants from functional and population genomic data. by Huang et al., 2017

    Deleterous annotation, machine learning

January 6, 2017

  • Methylome evolution in plants? by Vidalis et al., 2016

    A review paper on using methylation site frequency spectrum (mSFS) of natural populations to study methylome evolution.


December 16, 2016

  • How does epistasis influence the response to selection? by Barton 2016

December 9, 2016