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BIOLOGY

Nearly Naked Apes

Humans are weird mammals. We have enormous brains, we live long lives, and we constantly walk upright. But perhaps one of our most unique features is our hairlessness. No other mammals, aside from subterranean naked mole-rats and marine-living species, exhibit this trait. Generally, we think that mammals with missing hair are sick, like a dog […]

Understanding the Evolution of Human Handedness

Chances are that if you are reading this you are right-handed. If you are not, you’re one of roughly 10% of the population that is left-handed. Or you may identify as ambidextrous. That is, you use both hands with a similar frequency, dexterity, and precision. We call the regular use of one hand manual laterality. […]

Reading genomes with machine learning

The human genome comprises 3 billion nucleotides of information that outline how to construct and continue to live as a human. ~2% of those nucleotides code for proteins, which perform the bulk of the work to be done in the cell. The remaining 98% contains instructions for where and when to turn those proteins on […]

Using spectroscopy to identify the bugs that make (or spoil) wine

Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the ‘sugar mold,’ is used to convert sugar to alcohol in wine and beer fermentation. In the wine business, it is a common refrain that “the wine is made in the vineyard.” This is meant to suggest that good wine ultimately relies on good grapes. It’s not clear that this maxim is true, […]

Learning the regulatory code of the human genome

The human genome comprises 3 billion nucleotides of information that outline how to construct and continue to live as a human. ~2% of those nucleotides code for proteins, which perform the bulk of the work to be done in the cell. The remaining 98% contains instructions for where and when to turn those proteins on […]

Software for genome wrangling

Describe your research and the big picture problem or puzzle it addresses. You probably hear about “new” genomes being sequenced all the time now. The DNA sequences of so many species have become available lately, it’s hard to keep up. And traditional publication methods don’t really help you to explore all that sequence information. What […]

Social Transfer of Pain in Mice

  This manuscript characterizes the first model of socially transferred pain in which mice housed in the same room as mice subjected to inflammatory- or drug withdrawal-induced pain develop congruent hyperalgesia. This pain is communicated via olfactory cues. This model provides 3 For the pain field, we show that pain can be induced solely by […]