An inflammatory protein, Tommy John surgery, butterflies and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
UChicago biologist Trevor Price and his team discover a new family of birds containing just one species living in Asia.
UChicago’s Marcus Kronforst finds that just a single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures for wing mimicry in butterflies.
A new study analyzing the origins of fish fins thought to be vestigial finds that they actually arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species.
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.