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Dating Mammalian Evolution

Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:14:37 +0000

When the age of the dinosaurs ended around 65 million years ago, mammals stepped in to fill the gap, and the age of the placentals began. However, whether early placental mammals were already present on Earth before the demise of the dinosaurs has been the subject of a long standing debate. Recent research in GEE [...]

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The Delicate Balance of Effect and Response

Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:50:36 +0000

We may not always be aware of it, but many wild plants, animals, fungi and even bacteria, provide crucial services to us which keep the ecosystems of Earth functioning. Environmental changes caused by human activities are now threatening many species, and those that cannot withstand these changes may be lost forever, potentially taking the services [...]

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It’s All in the Wrist

Fri, 20 Dec 2013 16:18:20 +0000

The evolution of the primate wrist has been dramatic, enabling primates to adapt to a wide variety of lifestyles and walking styles, including tree-swinging, climbing and terrestrial walking both on four legs and two. In hominids, the evolution of the bipedal gait freed up the forelimbs for tool use, and the wrist evolved independently from [...]

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The Transcriptional Profile of A ‘Wingman’

Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:25:48 +0000

In many species, males have special adaptations to attract females. From antlers to stalk-eyes, to bright plumage and beards, males across the animal kingdom work hard to look attractive to the opposite sex. In some species, looking good isn’t enough, though. Male wild turkeys need a less attractive ‘wingman’ to help him attract a woman. [...]

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Damage and Fidelity: The Role of the Female Germline in mtDNA Inheritance

Mon, 11 Nov 2013 15:13:12 +0000

Billions of years ago, one single-celled organism engulfed another, beginning a symbiotic interaction that would change live on Earth forever. The mitochondria are what remains of this symbiotic event, and are responsible for producing energy in all eukaryotic cells. Derived from a free-living organism, they carry their own genes, but these genes are at risk [...]

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GEE has moved!

4 April 2011

We are delighted to report that in April 2011, approximately 90 academic staff members, post-docs, post-grads, technical and scientific staff and admin support staff including 13 research groups moved from Wolfson House, Stephenson Way, bringing to an end a long period of being split over three sites; the Department is now in a single location through a £5.5 million refurbishment of the Darwin Building on Gower Street.  It's been an exciting time of lengthy planning meetings led by Professor John Carroll, Professor Andrew Pomiankowski, Professor Steve Jones, Professor Gabriel Waksman, Professor Dallas Swallow and Professor Peter Rich and senior staff members meeting architects, designers, contractors; pouring over plans and following up with extensive discussions as the project progressed through the various stages.  When all was done and the final plans were in place, the biggest Spring Clean ever began, packing crates and bubble-wrap were delivered and freezers, lab equipment, stalk-eyed flies, staff, computers and files crossed the Euston Road to begin their new life in the Darwin Building.

Huge thanks go to the many colleagues involved including the aforementioned and particularly Bruce Cotsell (Operations Officer, Darwin Refurbishment Project), James Michaels (Buildings Manager - Darwin hub), Ken Bryan (Project Manager, Capital Programmes and Procurement); GEE's IT Support team; UCL Telecoms, plus the team at HRH Logistics and last but not least by any means, Luke Roberts (Arup) and his colleagues.  There are many others, and apologies if we have omitted their names here.

A short story about life in Wolfson House over the years will follow soon, but meantime here are some memories.....


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Photos by Jane Dempster

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