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Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes (9/15/2014)

LSU's Mark Batzer, LSU Boyd Professor and Dr. Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor, along with research assistant professor Miriam Konkel and research associate Jerilyn Walker contributed to an article featured on the cover of the scientific journal Nature. The LSU researchers contributed to the analysis of the mobile elements in the gibbon genome. This included the characterization of the mobile genetic element called LAVA. ...> Full Article


Non-dominant hand vital to the evolution of the thumb (9/14/2014)

New research from biological anthropologists at the University of Kent has shown that the use of the non-dominant hand was likely to have played a vital role in the evolution of modern human hand morphology. ...> Full Article


Sloths are no slouches when it comes to evolution (9/13/2014)

Today's sloths might be known as slow, small animals, but their ancestors developed large body sizes at an amazing rate, according to an evolutionary reconstruction published today in the open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. The fast rate of change suggests that factors such as environmental conditions, or competition with other species must have strongly favored the bigger sloths, before they died out. ...> Full Article


Mapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi Jews (9/12/2014)

Mapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi JewsResearchers have created a data resource that will improve genomic research in the Ashkenazi Jewish population and lead to more effective personalized medicine. The team of experts from Columbia Engineering and 10 other labs in the NYC area and Israel focused on the Ashkenazi Jewish population because of its demographic history of genetic isolation and the resulting abundance of population-specific mutations and prevalence of rare genetic disorders. The study was published on Nature Communications. ...> Full Article


A single evolutionary road may lead to Rome (9/11/2014)

New research by Michigan State University biologist Jason Gallant, Boston University biologist Sean Mullen, and their collaborators, suggests that when it comes to evolving some traits -- especially simple ones -- there may be a shared gene that's the source. The researchers were able to pinpoint the single gene responsible for two different families of butterflies' flashy markings. ...> Full Article


Sequencing of 5 African fishes reveals diverse molecular mechanisms underlying evolution (9/8/2014)

In an effort to understand the molecular basis of adaptation in vertebrates, researchers sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of five species of African cichlid fishes. A research team led by scientists at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard uncovered a variety of features in the cichlid genomes that enabled the fishes to thrive in new habitats and ecological niches within the Great Lakes of East Africa. ...> Full Article


Extinctions during human era worse than thought (9/7/2014)

The gravity of the world's current extinction rate becomes clearer upon knowing what it was before people came along. A new estimate finds that species die off as much as 1,000 times more frequently nowadays than they used to. That's 10 times worse than the old estimate of 100 times. ...> Full Article


Maternal low protein diet promotes diabetic phenotypes in offspring (9/6/2014)

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation suggests that a maternal diet low in protein predisposes offspring to type 2 diabetes. ...> Full Article


Non-adaptive evolution in a cicada's gut (9/5/2014)

Non-adaptive evolution in a cicada's gutOrganisms in a symbiotic relationship will often shed genes as they come to rely on the other organism for crucial functions. But now researchers have uncovered an unusual event in which a bacterium that lives in a type of cicada split into two species, doubling the number of organisms required for the symbiosis to survive. ...> Full Article


New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic (9/4/2014)

A new DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic. ...> Full Article


New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits (9/3/2014)

The genetic changes that transformed wild animals into domesticated forms have long been a mystery. An international team of scientists has now made a breakthrough by showing that many genes controlling the development of the brain and the nervous system were particularly important for rabbit domestication. The study is published today in Science and gives answers to many genetic questions. ...> Full Article


Worms, flies and humans... Our common genomic legacy, key to understanding cell biology (9/2/2014)

CRG researchers contribute to a project that pointed out key sets of co-expressed genes that may be fundamental for animal cells. Scientists compared the transcriptome of three very evolutionarily distant, yet well studied model organisms: the worm C. elegans, the fly D. melanogaster and the human H. sapiens. They found sets of genes that are co-expressed in each of the three species, all of them mainly involved in development. ...> Full Article


Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land (9/1/2014)

Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto landAbout 400 million years ago a group of fish began exploring land and evolved into tetrapods -- today's amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. But just how these ancient fish used their fishy bodies and fins in a terrestrial environment and what evolutionary processes were at play remain scientific mysteries. ...> Full Article


And then there were 10 -- unexpected diversity in New Zealand kanuka genus Kunzea (8/30/2014)

And then there were 10 -- unexpected diversity in New Zealand kanuka genus KunzeaA New Zealand botanist has completed a 15-year study of the cryptic diversity in what was thought to be a single tree species from the myrtle family, Kunzea ericoides. Previously regarded as either New Zealand endemic or Australasian species, the study has revealed that not only it is endemic to New Zealand, but that further nine species (seven new to science) can be segregated from it. The study was published in the open-access journal PhytoKeys. ...> Full Article


Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics (8/29/2014)

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomicsIn a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought. ...> Full Article

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Gibbon genome and the fast karyotype evolution of small apes

Non-dominant hand vital to the evolution of the thumb

Sloths are no slouches when it comes to evolution

Mapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi JewsMapping the DNA sequence of Ashkenazi Jews

A single evolutionary road may lead to Rome

Sequencing of 5 African fishes reveals diverse molecular mechanisms underlying evolution

Extinctions during human era worse than thought

Maternal low protein diet promotes diabetic phenotypes in offspring

Non-adaptive evolution in a cicada's gutNon-adaptive evolution in a cicada's gut

New DNA study unravels the settlement history of the New World Arctic

New research reveals how wild rabbits were genetically transformed into tame rabbits

Worms, flies and humans... Our common genomic legacy, key to understanding cell biology

Walking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto landWalking fish reveal how our ancestors evolved onto land

And then there were 10 -- unexpected diversity in New Zealand kanuka genus KunzeaAnd then there were 10 -- unexpected diversity in New Zealand kanuka genus Kunzea

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomicsEvolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics



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