Gee Research Blog
Male Promiscuity Boosts Role of Chance in Sex Chromosome Evolution
Thu, 19 Mar 2015 15:02:31 +0000
Humans, like all mammals and birds, determine sex with chromosomes. Whether a fertilised egg develops into a male or female depends on what chromosomes it carries Scientists have long recognised that genes evolve a little differently on the sex chromosomes, and recent research in GEE suggests this may be due to differing patterns of inheritance […]
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Sloths Move Slow, Evolve Fast
Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:20:41 +0000
Sloths might be notorious for their leisurely pace of life, but research published last year shows they are no slow coaches when it comes to evolution. Sloths, as we know and love them, are small, slow-moving creatures found in the trees of tropical rainforests. But modern sloths are pretty odd compared to their extinct relatives. […]Read more...
Write About Research – A GEE Research Blog Competition
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:28:43 +0000
The GEE Research blog communicates UCL science with a wider, non-specialist audience, by providing short summaries of recent research in the department of UCL Genetics, Evolution and Environment. This provides an opportunity to engage with a broad audience, including other academics, students, members of the public, and even businesses and policy-makers. It is a great […]
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Was Fermentation Key to Yeast Diversification?
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:30:43 +0000
From bread to beer, yeast has shaped our diets and our recreation for centuries. Recent research in GEE shows how humans have shaped the evolution of this important microorganism. As well as revealing the evolutionary origins of modern fission yeast, the new study published in Nature Genetics this month shows how techniques developed for detecting […]Read more...
Planning for the Future – Resilience to Extreme Weather
Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:13:14 +0000
As climate change progresses, extreme weather events are set to increase in frequency, costing billions and causing immeasurable harm to lives and livelihoods. GEE’s Professor Georgina Mace contributed to the recent Royal Society report on “Resilience to Extreme Weather”, which predicts the future impacts of increasing extreme weather events, and evaluates potential strategies for improving […]
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The department was formed during the recent reorganisation of the Faculty of Life Sciences by bringing together scientists with shared interests in genetics, environmental and evolutionary biology who had previously been scattered among a variety of distinct departments.
GEE traces its origins to the now extinct Department of Comparative Anatomy, founded in 1826 and the first in Britain to offer a Zoology degree. More about our history.
Above: Above: A sketch from Charles Darwin's notebook. The first-known diagram of an evolutionary tree, describing the relationships among groups of organisms.
Research in the Department falls under a number of overlapping research themes.
Embedded within the Department are a number of intra- and inter-institutional research centres and institutes.
The labs and research offices are housed in the Darwin Building, Gower Street, on the site of Charles Darwin's home.
Above: Fission Yeast
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