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The Best of Both Worlds:Planning for Ecosystem Win-Wins

Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:25:44 +0000

The normal and healthy function of ecosystems is not only of importance in conserving biodiversity, it is of utmost importance for human wellbeing as well. Ecosystems provide us with a wealth of valuable ecosystem services from food to clean water and fuel, without which our societies would crumble. However it is rare that only a […]

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Life Aquatic: Diversity and Endemism in Freshwater Ecosystems

Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:22:07 +0000

Freshwater ecosystems are ecologically important, providing a home to hundreds of thousands of species and offering us vital ecosystem servies. However, many freshwater species are currently threatened by habitat loss, pollution, disease and invasive species. Recent research from GEE indicates that freshwater species are at greater risk of extinction than terrestrial species. Using data on […]

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Handicaps, Honesty and VisibilityWhy Are Ornaments Always Exaggerated?

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:30:30 +0000

Sexual selection is a form of natural selection that favours traits that increase mating success, often at the expense of survival. It is responsible for a huge variety of characteristics and behaviours we observe in nature, and most conspicuously, sexual selection explains the elaborate ornaments such as the antlers of red deer and the tail […]

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PREDICTS Project: Land-Use Change Doesn’t Impact All Biodiversity Equally

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:17:53 +0000

Humans are destroying, degrading and depleting our tropical forests at an alarming rate. Every minute, an area of Amazonian rainforest equivalent to 50 football pitches is cleared of its trees, vegetation and wildlife. Across the globe, tropical and sub-tropical forests are being cut down to make way for expanding towns and cities, for agricultural land […]

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Calculated Risks: Foraging and Predator Avoidance in Rodents

Fri, 03 Oct 2014 10:07:08 +0000

Finding food is one of the most important tasks for any animal – most animal activity is focused on this job. But finding food usually involves some risks – leaving the safety of your burrow or nest to go out into a dangerous world full of predators, disease and natural hazards. Animals should therefore be […]

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GEE team led by Dr Nik Maniatis makes important progress on way to dissect the genetics of complex inheritance

12 December 2011

A GEE team led by Dr Nik Maniatis [Heather Elding (PhD student), Winston Lau (PostDoc), Prof Dallas Swallow and Nik] have recently made important progress on the way to dissect the genetics of complex inheritance.

Published last week in The American Journal of Human Genetics, the newly identified genes have filled in some of the missing gaps for Crohn’s Disease (CD), as well as showing that different CD patients carry different sets of causal variants. The findings could pave the way for personalised treatment and also lead to improved understanding of how complex diseases are inherited. The team used UK data provided by the Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium. Using a powerful mapping technique based on refined genetic maps, they managed to pinpoint the plausible causal locations. All the locations were replicated using independent US data.

Links: 

UCL's Press Release:  “Personalised treatment for Crohn’s Disease a step closer following gene mapping” here

The paper can be found here

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