2012

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Graduate Student, Ben Ewen-Campen and Cassandra Extavour Solves Biological Germ Cell Mystery

December 10, 2012

Research in the Extavour Lab finds that a gene that acts as "master regulator" of germ cell development originally evolved to play a role in the nervous system rather than in reproduction. Graduate student Ben Ewen-Campen was the first author of this study that shows that this gene arose much earlier in evolution than previously suspected....

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Hopi Hoekstra Receives First Estela Medrano Award

September 22, 2012

Hopi Hoekstra receives First Estela Medrano Award for excellence in aging research. The award honors the memory and work of Dr. Estela Medrano a professor at the Huffington Center on Aging at Baylor College of Medicine and an internationally recognized expert in the regulation of aging and cancer development of human melanocytes, who died tragically in August...

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Arkhat Abzhanove Study Reveals New Insights Into Development and Adaptation of Beak Shape

September 24, 2012

Arhat Abzhanov principal investigator in new study of Caribbean bullfinches in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that offers new insights into the development and adaptation of beak shape and shows the molecular signals that produce beak shapes show even more variation than is apparant on the surface. ...

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Yun Zhang Study Suggests Worm Nervous System More Complex Than Thought

May 21, 2012

Yun Zhang and colleagues from the Center for Brain Science studied C. Elegans (tiny, transparent worms) and demonstrated they have a more complex neural system than was previously thought. Their paper was published in the Journal Nature suggesting a possible path for study of neurological disorders such as shizophrenia....

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