Dogs were domesticated from wolves tens of thousands of year ago – though what exactly it is, at the genetic level, that distinguishes dogs from wolves, is unclear. Amanda Pendleton and Jeffrey Kidd, authors of a new study in BMC Biology, explain how they utilised new genomics technology – and village dogs – to address this question.
How does the supplement folic acid get into our bodies? I had assumed it was taken up in the same way as natural folates found in our diet, but our bodies take it up through different protein channels. In our recent paper we discover a further route – via gut bacteria – and discuss the possible implications for human health.
Barbara McClintock is widely recognized as the founder of the field of transposable elements research and the scientist who brought to light the significance of TEs in genetic research. To honor her contribution to the field, we have selected her birthday (June 16th) as Transposon Day. Find out how much you really know about the field’s founder in our quiz.
This blog was written by Stephan Lewandowsky and crossposted from the Psychonomic Society’s blog. Those of you who are soccer fans may find the following passage easy to follow: “In a new age for football, AZ had a goal against Cambuur disallowed for a foul on the keeper after the decision was reviewed. Stijn Wuytens thought… Read more »
Authors of a recent Marine Biodiveristy Records publication describe a very special and surprising sighting of bottlenose dolphins in British Columbian waters: is this the first record of a long series to come?
The winner of the OSSD Biology of Sex Differences Publishing Award, Joanna Floros, provides insights into how sex differences became an important factor in her own research and explains the significance of the research in her paper that won the award at the 2017 OSSD Meeting. Dr Floros’ research focuses on sex differences in the development and treatment of lung disease.