In case you missed it: News from The Forefront

In case you missed it, Science Life has a new home at The Forefront, a science, health and wellness news and information website for the University of Chicago Medicine, the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine.

Be sure to visit the Forefront’s dedicated research and discoveries channel to read about our basic science and biomedical discoveries. We will be launching a newsletter to bring you the latest updates soon, but in the meantime here’s what you may have missed this week:

Why doesn’t the flu vaccine work sometimes?

New research from UChicago and Harvard on why the influenza vaccine was only modestly effective in recent years shows that immune history with the flu influences a person’s response to the vaccine.

Duplicate genes help animals resolve sexual conflict

Biologists Manyuan Long and Nick VanKuren show how relatively young copies of a gene in fruit flies helped resolve selective pressures on males and females and have since evolved crucial reproductive functions.

Brain size of human ancestors evolved gradually over 3 million years

A study of hominin fossils shows that brain size increased gradually and consistently, driven by evolution within populations, introduction of larger-brained species and extinction of smaller-brained ones.

Image-guided laser surgery becoming go-to option for epilepsy

Surgeons at UChicago Medicine are part of a new clinical trial using minimally invasive, image-guided laser surgery to treat certain types of epilepsy for patients who don’t respond to medication.

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Matt Wood is a senior science writer and manager of communications at the University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences Division.
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