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LykoFrank Lyko

Origin and propagation of the marbled crayfish

Frank Lyko is a Professor of Biology at the University of Heidelberg and a Division Head at the German Cancer Research Center. He is a molecular biologist and has studied the epigenetic interface between the environment and various cancers and animal model genomes for more than 20 years. This work also led him to the marbled crayfish, a unique freshwater crayfish that is characterized by clonal reproduction and rapid (epigenetic) adaptation. His lab established the complete genome sequence of the marbled crayfish, which represented the first complete crayfish genome. Another focus of his work has been the rapid expansion of marbled crayfish colonies and their use as a source of nutritional protein and biopolymers. He has published more than 150 scientific papers and his research has been widely publicized by the media.