Evolution

The Genetic Origins For Living Two Miles High

The Genetic Origins For Living Two Miles High

Genome analysis reveals the origins of genetic adaptations for high altitude in Tibetans and suggests a novel mechanism for human adaptation.

LabBook January 31, 2014

LabBook January 31, 2014

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.

Science Life Podcast: The A Little Help From My Friends Edition

Science Life Podcast: The A Little Help From My Friends Edition

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.

Genomes of Modern Dogs and Wolves Wag the Tale of Domestication

Genomes of Modern Dogs and Wolves Wag the Tale of Domestication

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.

LabBook January 17, 2014

LabBook January 17, 2014

Walking fish, friendly rats, Alzheimer’s, algae and more in this week’s LabBook.

If It Walks Like A Fish: Discovery Of New Fossils Reveals Key Link In Evolution Of Hind Limbs

If It Walks Like A Fish: Discovery Of New Fossils Reveals Key Link In Evolution Of Hind Limbs

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.

Gross Anatomy Meets Natural Selection

Gross Anatomy Meets Natural Selection

Evolutionary biologists and physicians speak different languages, but Robert Perlman’s new book, “Evolution & Medicine” bridges the two worlds.

Evolution Of New Species Requires Few Genetic Changes

Evolution Of New Species Requires Few Genetic Changes

New research by Marcus Kronforst shows that only a few genetic changes are needed to spur the evolution of new species.

Humans and Chimpanzees Update Their Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

Humans and Chimpanzees Update Their Relationship Status: It’s Complicated

UChicago scientists find that gene regulation differences between humans and chimpanzees are more complex than we thought.

Biodiversity with Butterfly Wings

Biodiversity with Butterfly Wings

The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Marcus Kronforst to study the biological mechanisms that drive biodiversity in a broad family of butterflies.

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