This is a short and (I hope) fun video made with my kids' plush toys to advertise an on-going EU-supported (H2020) scientific project about livestock feeding and genetics called Feed-a-Gene. [more inside]
You got your football simulator in my evolutionary model! No, YOU got your genetic algorithms in MY incredibly realistic football simulator! Which is to say: Genetic Football applies the ideas of natural selection to some very, very dumb simulated football players and lets you try and evolve the league over time. [more inside]
Our group at the University of North Carolina has just published a paper (open access) on an exciting new female meiotic drive system that we call R2d2. There is also a nice accompanying perspective article (also open access) from researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Institute in Seattle. Read on for a short description of meiotic drive and the findings of the paper. [more inside]
I was adopted, and for most of my life all I knew was that my biological parents were English and Irish. A year ago I took a DNA test, and sudden I know a lot more: Who my biological mother was (and the amazing coincidences between our lives), what percentage of my DNA is Neanderthal, and the complexities of Irish identity, ethnicity and genetics.