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Darwin gets festive with sciency baubles

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Darwin gets festive with sciency baubles

The Darwin Common Room Christmas tree Xmas Bauble competition fired the imagination of some of our more creative researchers and there were some great entries to decorate our tree with this year.

A new lineage of eukaryotes discovered by Jan Janouškovec at UCL GEE and coauthors

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A close up of the Ancoracysta twista extrusome, a novel type of firing organelle implicated in prey capture

The origin of eukaryotes is tied to outstanding questions about how mitochondrial endosymbionts became integrated within them. A new study by researchers from UCL and universities in Canada, USA and Russia, describes a novel flagellated microbe (Ancoracysta), which represents its own lineage in the eukaryotic tree and provides original insights into mitochondrial evolution. Ancoracysta possesses one of the most gene-rich mitochondrial genome ever found and, uniquely, two indepedent systems for mitochondrial cytochrome c biogenesis. Analysing these characteristics across the eukaryotic domain refines scenarios for rooting the tree of eukaryotes and suggests that gene transfer from mitochondria has been highly parallel and exponentially decreasing in nature.

Leverhulme to fund study to identify and analysis speciation genes in yeast

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Dr Duncan Greig

Different species are defined as groups that do not exchange genes. Even when viable hybrids can form, gene flow between species may nevertheless be prevented if genes from different species are incompatible, preventing hybrids from reproducing. The Leverhulme Trust has funded a project led by Duncan Greig (research profile) to identify such “speciation genes” causing sexual sterility  in yeast hybrids. The project will use genetic manipulation to generate recombinant hybrid genomes with compatible and incompatible combinations of two species genes. Sequencing many recombinant hybrid genomes will reveal the locations and identities of yeast speciation genes.

GEE and NPP exceed the Russell group average in the National Student Survey 2017

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GEE and NPP exceed the Russell group average in the National Student Survey 2017

We are proud to announce that Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment and School of Pharmacy exceeded the Russell group average for “academic support” in the most recent NSS Survey. Similarly, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology excelled in “teaching”.

Biosciences UG students contribution to iGEM team success

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Paola Handal

4 Biosciences undergraduate students: Paola Handal (BSc Molecular Biology), Anima Sutradhar (BSc Molecular Biology), Camillo Moschner (BSc Biomedical Sciences) and Hristina Dimitrova (BSc Biotechnology) were part of UCL’s gold medal awarded iGEM team.

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