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BEACON Researchers at Work: Can't we all get along? Overcoming evolutionary conflict

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington postdoc Sylvie Estrela. Conflict is widespread in nature and that is no exception in the microbial world. Examples of competitive interactions between microbes include competition for shared … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Mating System and Molecular Evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin graduate student Rayna Harris. Research in Hans Hofmann’s lab at UT Austin is best known for its studies of the neurogenomic basis of male social … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Evolution of Regeneration in the Deuterostomes

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Shawn Luttrell. Regeneration has captured the interest and imagination of people for centuries. Popularized in myths, science fiction, and even horror movies, regeneration of missing … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: BEACON on the Beach

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work post is by University of Washington graduate student Bryan Bartley. Like some kind of planktonic larva, I drifted through my formative years, until I finally settled in Seattle 14 years ago. Seattle belongs to … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: What's a Genetic Algorithm?

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Matt Ryerkerk. A genetic algorithm is a method often used for optimization, or finding the best solution to a particular problem. When I first heard of genetic … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Electrical Life

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin graduate student Ben Liebeskind.  All life stores energy in the form of electrochemical gradients. These gradients drive nutrient uptake in bacteria, water uptake in plants, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Networked Brain

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin graduate student Sean Maguire. The Networked Brain The brain has long been viewed as being composed of isolated regions controlling specific functions. Modern neuroscience has … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Survival of the Rarest

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Noah Ribeck. We are all taught the basic tenet of evolution by natural selection: occasionally an individual is born with a mutation that improves its chances of having … Continue reading

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The sweet smell of (reproductive) success

BEACON Managing Director Danielle Whittaker has published a new study demonstrating that birds may use scent to determine the quality of potential mates. From the MSU press release: For most animals, scent is the instant messenger of choice for quickly … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Carving your academic niche via interdisciplinary research

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Amy Lark. What’s the best way to fit a square peg into a round hole? We can muscle that peg via brute force into a space that … Continue reading

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