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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 19:52

The Red Queen meets the White Rabbit - TWiV 457

The distribution of proteins on the influenza viral genome, and the evolution of myxoma virus that was released in Australia to control the rabbit population.

Published in TWiV

Tardigrades have an interesting way of surviving complete drying out: by producing proteins lacking a stable structure!

Published in Bacteriofiles
Friday, 24 February 2017 18:42

Richard Lenski - Evolution in a Flask

Lenski's work with E. coli has also led him into the digital world. Using computers, Lenski can achieve precise, rapid results by manipulating digital organisms. Software that evolves much like bacteria in the real world.

Published in Interviews
Friday, 24 February 2017 12:44

Putting Evolution to the Test

Microbes are great tools to study evolutionary biology.  The ability to carry out long term experiments in both model and complex systems, and derive genome information from progeny strains has revolutionized the study of evolution.

Published in Microbial Sciences

A lecture by James Shapiro, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Chicago, outlines some of the biological activities cells use for generating novel configurations of their read-write genomes. 

Published in ASM Virtual Lectures

Predatory bacteria have a particular protein that protects them from their own prey-damaging enzymes

Published in Bacteriofiles
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 16:30

Charles Ofria: Digital Life - MTS 59

Charles Ofria and his colleagues have created a program called Avida in which digital organisms can multiply and evolve. They are studying many of evolution's deepest questions, such as how complexity evolves from simplicity and why individuals make sacrifices for each other.

Published in Meet the Scientist
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 17:14

Susan Golden: Clocks for Life - MTS 56

While you may have heard of our own "body clock" that tracks the 24-hour cycle of the day, it turns out that some bacteria can tell time, too.

Published in Meet the Scientist

R. Ford Denison is an evolutionary biologist who's interested in how to make agriculture better. The ways in which plants thrive or fail are shaped by their evolutionary history, as well as the evolution that unfolds every planting season.

Published in Meet the Scientist

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