Genome analysis reveals the origins of genetic adaptations for high altitude in Tibetans and suggests a novel mechanism for human adaptation.
Dog domestication, caffeine, fecal transplants and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
In this month’s ScienceLife podcast, we discuss how rats show empathy toward strangers with Peggy Mason and Inbal Bartal; and what the discovery of the rear half of Tiktaalik roseae, the transitional fossil between fish and land animals, reveals about the evolution of legs with Neil Shubin.
The genomes of modern dogs and wolves show that they evolved from a common ancestor before humans transitioned to agriculture, contrary to the popular tale of domestication.
Walking fish, friendly rats, Alzheimer’s, algae and more in this week’s LabBook.
Neil Shubin has discovered well-preserved fossils of an ancient transitional species between fish and the first legged animals showing that its hind legs actually began as enhanced hind fins.
Evolutionary biologists and physicians speak different languages, but Robert Perlman’s new book, “Evolution & Medicine” bridges the two worlds.
New research by Marcus Kronforst shows that only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species.
UChicago scientists find that gene regulation differences between humans and chimpanzees are more complex than we thought.
The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Marcus Kronforst to study the biological mechanisms that drive biodiversity in a broad family of butterflies.