Tag Archives: mutations

It’s a (Selective) Sweep for the Good Genes!

This Evolution 101 post is by MSU grad student Douglas Kirkpatrick In baseball, ice hockey, and basketball, when a team wins all of the games in a playoff series, they are said to have swept the other team out of the … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Evolution of Cooperation by the Hankshaw Effect: A Big Thumbs Up for Cooperation!

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate students Katie Dickinson and Sarah Hammarlund and postdoc Brian Connelly. Hold your hand out in front of you and examine it closely. Five digits, four fingers … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Tools for mapping rare mutations

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin postdoc Daniel Deatherage. My doctoral work focused on epigenetic changes in ovarian cancer in the lab of Dr. Tim Huang at The Ohio State University. … Continue reading

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What's in a (mutation's) name?

Cross-posted from UT postdoc Art Covert’s blog, Covert Science(ish) Names are generally very arbitrary things. In the words of The Bard: “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This may be true for roses, but for mutations, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Visualizing and understanding ‘context dependence’ in evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Sudarshan Chari. Have you ever wondered about the relative contribution of nature vs. nurture? Or why certain individuals are more susceptible to a disease, or respond better … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Fitness Landscapes

This week’s Evolution 101 blog post is by MSU postdoc Arend Hintze and MSU graduate student Randy Olson. While fitness landscapes are generally thought to be more of a theoretical construct, they are in fact quite tangible and underly every … Continue reading

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Evolution 101: Natural Selection

This week’s Evolution 101 post is by an interdisciplinary group of BEACONites, all of whom rely on the principles of natural selection in their research: MSU graduate student Nikki Cavalieri (Zoology), MSU postdoc Prakarn Unachak (Evolutionary Computation), and NC A&T … Continue reading

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