2016

E.O. Wilson Receives 2016 Humane Medal

E.O. Wilson Receives 2016 Humane Medal

December 16, 2016

Congratulations to E.O. Wilson, recipient of the 2016 Humane Society of New York Humane Medal! The Humane Society chose Prof. Wilson for his lifetime of work, his pioneering efforts to protect the biodiversity of the planet, and in recognition of his 32nd book, "Half Earth."

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James Hanken Part of Team of Scientists That Discovered Three New Species of Tiny Salamanders

November 15, 2016

James Hanken is part of a team of scientists that have discovered three new speices of minute salamanders in the Sierra Madre del Sur of Oaxaca, Mexico. Until this discovery, only a single species had been reported from the region. The three new salamanders in the genus, Thorius are the tiniest tailed tetrapods known to science. Featured in: Gizmodo,… Read more about James Hanken Part of Team of Scientists That Discovered Three New Species of Tiny Salamanders

Pardis Sabeti and Team of Scientists Discover Deadly Genetic Mutation in the Ebola Outbreak of 2013-2016

Pardis Sabeti and Team of Scientists Discover Deadly Genetic Mutation in the Ebola Outbreak of 2013-2016

November 3, 2016

Pardis Sabeti is part of two teams of scientists that reported a genetic mutation that may have made Ebola more deadly by improving the virus’s ability to enter human cells. The study in the current issue of Cell analyzed thousands of Ebola genomes before discovering the deadly mutation. Full coverage in The New York Times,… Read more about Pardis Sabeti and Team of Scientists Discover Deadly Genetic Mutation in the Ebola Outbreak of 2013-2016

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The Hoekstra Lab Discovers Gene for Faster and More Virile Sperm in Promiscuous Mice

October 18, 2016

 

Hopi Hoekstra and lab members, Heidi Fisher (former postdoc), Emily Jacobs-Palmer (former graduate student) and Jean-Marc Lassance's (research associate) lastest paper on the biology preprint server, bioRxiv, compares two closely related species, the deer mouse (peromyscus maniculatus) and the oldfield mouse (P. polionotus), and finds the promiscuous deer mouse has a gene that makes their sperm faster and more virile. You can read more about the study… Read more about The Hoekstra Lab Discovers Gene for Faster and More Virile Sperm in Promiscuous Mice

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A Painfully Interesting Subject

October 17, 2016

Don Pfister and Jean Beagle Ristaino's latest article in BioScience, "What a Painfully Interesting Subject": Charles Darwin's Studies of Potato Late Blight, looks closely at the pathogen, Phytophthora infestans.  The pathogen, responsible for the 1845 Ireland famine, is still wreaking havoc on potatoes and tomatoes in the United States and many areas of the world and is considered a threat to global food security.  … Read more about A Painfully Interesting Subject

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