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Artificial selection and correlated traits

This Evolution 101 post is by MSU grad student Tyler Derr One of the basic mechanisms of evolutionary change is natural selection. It was in Charles Darwin’s famous book, On the Origin of Species, where he defined natural selection to be … Continue reading

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Selfish Genes and the Resulting Gene Conflict

This Evolution 101 post is by MSU grad student Alex Lalejini The above comic strip might lead one to believe that the phrase ‘selfish genes’ describes genes that make individuals act selfishly; however, this is not at all what is meant by … Continue reading

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Anonymity. Does anyone have it?

This post is by North Carolina A&T grad student Siobahn Day Greetings! My name is Siobahn Day. I’m currently a PhD student in the Computer Science at North Carolina A&T State University. I work as a graduate researcher in the … Continue reading

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Today's Google Doodle features hominid evolution!

Here at BEACON, we’re of course excited to see today’s Google Doodle (archived here) celebrating Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis fossil discovered in 1973. However, BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead points out, “I usually love the Google doodles, but the one for today, acknowledging … Continue reading

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Misnomers and Mixed Intentions: Communicating Science is Hard

Reposted from the Teaching Evolution in Action blog By Chris Symons The route of information between the raw data of scientific experimentation to the public’s understanding is convoluted. The murky water of scientific communication is problematic at best, if anyone … Continue reading

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Passing of Prof. John Holland, father of genetic algorithms and pioneer in complex systems

August 10, 2015 Dear BEACONites, It is with great sadness that I report the death yesterday of Prof. John H. Holland, Professor of Psychology and of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan. John, 86, succumbed to an … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Original Social Gaming

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane. I can trace the beginning of my fascination with social behavior to the summer I was ten. That summer, I started volunteering … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Can't we all get along? Overcoming evolutionary conflict

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington postdoc Sylvie Estrela. Conflict is widespread in nature and that is no exception in the microbial world. Examples of competitive interactions between microbes include competition for shared … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Mating System and Molecular Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin graduate student Rayna Harris. Research in Hans Hofmann’s lab at UT Austin is best known for its studies of the neurogenomic basis of male social … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Evolution of Regeneration in the Deuterostomes

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Shawn Luttrell. Regeneration has captured the interest and imagination of people for centuries. Popularized in myths, science fiction, and even horror movies, regeneration of missing … Continue reading

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