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It Pays to Be Different:Evolutionary Distinctiveness and Conservation Priorities

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:15:25 +0000

The world is currently experiencing an extinction crisis. A mass extinction on a scale not seen since the dinosaurs. While conservationists work tirelessly to try and protect the World’s biodiversity, it will not be possible to save everything, and it is important to focus conservation efforts intelligently. Evolutionary distinctiveness is a measure of how isolated [...]

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Synthetic Biology and Conservation

Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:20:18 +0000

Synthetic biology, a hybrid between Engineering and Biology, is an emerging field of research promising to change the way we think about manufacturing, medicine, food production, and even conservation and sustainability. A review paper released this month in Oryx, authored by Dr Kent Redford, Professor William Adams, Dr Rob Carlson, Bertina Ceccarelli and CBER’s Professor [...]

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Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quantifying Biases in Sexual Selection Studies

Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:44:30 +0000

Bateman’s principles are conceptually quite simple, but form the basis of our understanding of sexual selection across the animal kingdom. First proposed in 1948, Bateman’s three principles posit that sexual selection is more intense in males than in females for three reasons: 1) males show more variability in the number of mates they have (mating [...]

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Technology for Nature?

Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:23:54 +0000

Many of our greatest technological advances have tended to mark disaster for nature. Cars guzzle fossil fuels and contribute to global warming; industrialised farming practices cause habitat loss and pollution; computers and mobile phones require harmful mining procedures to harvest rare metals. But increasingly, ecologists and conservation biologists are asking whether we can use technology [...]

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Nice Flies Don’t Finish Last: Meiotic Drive and Sexual Selection in Stalk-Eyed Flies

Thu, 12 Jun 2014 15:54:47 +0000

While it might seem as though our genes are all working together for our own good, some of them are actually rather selfish. Scientists have known about ‘selfish genetic elements’ for nearly a century, but research to understand their behaviour and effects is ongoing. Recent research in GEE reveals how sexually selected traits are signalling [...]

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Ursula Mittwoch celebrates her 90th with colleagues, past and present

27 March 2014

Ursula Mittwoch 90th - Group PhotoUrsula Mittwoch & Steve JonesUrsula Mittwoch & Nick Lane

Professor Ursula Mittwoch, possibly one of UCL's longest standing associates, celebrated her 90th birthday with friends and colleagues from GEE, from the former Galton Laboratory and from the wider-UCL academic community.

As a PhD student in 1947, Ursula worked under Hans Kalmus, progressing to collaborate with Bette Robson and Harry Harris in the Galton Laboratory, and is well known for her work on sex determination and differentiation. After about 40 years researching human genetics, Ursula retired from paid employment in UCL in about 1990.  This didn’t stop her publishing and her latest paper (EMBO Reports 14, 588-592) was published in 2013.  Not only the oldest, Ursula is also the most reliable member of GEE, who rarely misses the weekly departmental coffee mornings.

Ursula has in recent years developed a strong interest in mitochondrial research and it was with great pleasure that Nick Lane was able to present her with a framed artwork on silk ‘Mitochondria in Action’ by Odra Noel.

John Allen, who met Ursula while he was a visiting professor in the department, pays tribute to Ursula in his blog citing from Ursula’s birthday speech ‘be kind to colleagues’.

Ursula Mittwoch, Sue Povey, Dallaw Swallow, Nick Lane, John Allen

(Main group photo:  Back row from left to right Yvonne Edwards, David Hopkinson, Andrew Pomiankowski, Dallas Swallow, John Allen, Debs Furness, John Linden.  Front row from left to right:  Edith Weiner, Sue Povey, June Rathbone, Ursula Mittwoch, Steve Jones, Ruth Dar, David Ridge, Nick Lane

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