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I’ve been much delayed, since I am starting to work seriously on my dissertation. This sucks up an amazing amount of brainpower. Initially I was planning on delaying this post another day, but have now been fortified with a BLT (heavy on the bacon) and am ready to tackle the topic. It [...]... Read more »
Sarah Reece, Damien R Drew, & Andy Gardner. (2008) Sex ratio adjustment and kin discrimination in malaria parasites. Nature, 453(7195), 609-614. DOI/10.1038/nature06954
A PAPER PUBLISHED recently in Nature details the discovery of a common ancestor of salamanders and frogs, Gerobatrachus hottoni, by Anderson and coworkers. This creature had a salamander-like build, but has a broadened skull like frogs. A variety of traits were studied to determine this organism’s relationships, such as the teeth, various skull [...]... Read more »
Jason Anderson, Robert R Reisz, Diane Scott, Nadia B Fröbisch, & Stuart S Sumida. (2008) A stem batrachian from the Early Permian of Texas and the origin of frogs and salamanders. Nature, 453(7194), 515-518. DOI/10.1038/nature06865
ANIMAL MODELS are widely used in medical research, sometimes in testing new drugs for safety before human trials, other times as model systems for human diseases. Like all mammals, humans and mice share most of their genes, and maintain high sequence similarity. These factors suggest that many of these genes should share the [...]... Read more »
B-Y Liao, & J Zhang. (2008) Null mutations in human and mouse orthologs frequently result in different phenotypes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 105(19), 6987-6992. DOI/10.1073/pnas.0800387105
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