evolutionary biology

To study sequence conservation and more, researchers involved in the 200 Mammal Project are turning to short-read genome assemblies and select genomes with greater contiguity. 

The Washington State University and the University of Utah researchers said epigenetic variation may contribute to environmental adaptation in the birds.

Out of the Books

NPR reports that Turkish high school students will no longer study evolution.

The center, based in Frankfurt, is seeking to sequence more than 1,000 genomes per year, including exotic animal species.

Mitochondrial and nuclear genome sequences from straight-tusked elephants indicated they were a sister lineage to African forest elephants.

Where in the Family?

Sequencing could help resolve Homo naledi's spot on the hominid family tree, but Jennifer Raff writes at the Guardian that its DNA has been hard to find.

For Darwin

A US lawmaker introduces largely symbolic legislation to honor Charles Darwin, the Associated Press reports.

Though they face challenges in sample collection, data analysis and storage, and funding, the EBP researchers are optimistic they will succeed.

Researchers studying Timema stick insects found that small genetic changes over time due to selective mating could be how individual species evolve.

The Texas Board of Education has voted to alter its standards on teaching evolution, the Associated Press reports.

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The Jackson Laboratory has filed a complaint accusing Nanjing University of breeding and re-selling its mouse models, the Hartford Courant reports.

Oxford researchers are turning to virtual reality to visualize genes and regulatory elements, Phys.org says.

In Science this week: neutrophils rely on microRNA to protect against lung inflammation, and more.

China is moving forward with plans to sequence a million citizens, the Wall Street Journal reports.