An international team of scientists led by L. Mahadevan and Mary Caswell Stoddard (former postdoc in Edwards Lab) have answered the question of why there is great diversity in egg shape and sizes. And, the answer may help explain how birds evolved. The groundbreaking study published in Science was chosen as the cover article. More News: Science, Read more about How the Egg Got Its Shape
David Haig teamed with professors at the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick to examine the effect of learning a child’s gender on parents’ attitudes towards risky behaviors upon learning a child’s gender. The authors gathered prenatal and post-birth data from the pediatric wards of hospitals in both the United Kingdom and Ukraine, allowing for longitudinal and cross-sectional analyses of those attitudes; a first for a study of this kind. The study was presented at the Read more about New Study Suggest Parents of Newborn Daughters Take Fewer Risks
Pardis Sabeti is part of three international teams of researchers that sequenced and studied the genomes of the Zika virus to trace its origin and spread across the Americas. Using a genetic clock and looking at DNA from samples from people and mosquitoes, the teams determined the virus was spreading long before the first cases were reported. Sabeti's team authored one of three studies published in Nature. Full story: Read more about Pardis Sabeti and Team of Scientists Show Zika Virus Spread Before Anyone Knew
L. Mahadevan teamed with M. Venkadesan, of Yale University, to create a mathematical model showing the optimal way to throw. Their research published in the Royal Society Open Science shows the science behind one of the most complex actions humans perform, throwing. SEAS News.
Why are some mice and people monogamous? And, why are monogamous fathers better at parenting? In a study led by Hopi Hoekstra and postdocs, Andrés Bendesky and Jean-Marc Lassance, the answer points to a genetic basis for parental care in monogamous parents that can elvolve independently in males and females. The study published in the latest issue of Nature Read more about The Genetic Basis of Parental Care