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Changing Perspectives in Conservation

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:15:44 +0000

Our views of the importance of nature and our place within have changed dramatically over the the last century, and the prevailing paradigm has profound influences on conservation from the science that is conducted to the policies that are enacted. In a recent perspectives piece for Science, GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace considered the impacts that […]

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Function Over Form: Phenotypic Integration and the Evolution of the Mammalian Skull

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 14:05:52 +0000

Our bodies are more than just a collection of independent parts – they are complex, integrated systems that rely upon precise coordination in order to function properly. In order for a leg to function as a leg, the bones, muscles, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels must all work together as an integrated whole. This concept, […]

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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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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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