Tag Archives: Evolution

Want to make a new species? Put a little pressure on it…

A fascinating event that can occur in evolution is speciation; mutations bringing about new species that are significantly different to their ancestor. But how does this happen, what causes it, and how can we watch it happen? Observing the processes … Continue reading

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How much do small changes actually matter?

Many, many small things in the world add up to big things. I’m sure you’ve heard of some of these: Acts of kindness Pieces of plastic Mutations in bacteria Wait what?? One of these isn’t like the others… A brief … Continue reading

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Hybrids: a fast track to evolution?

Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is, in my opinion, the most awe-inspiring of scientific theories. Sure, it doesn’t quite have the indispensable quality of gravitational theory in literally holding us to the Earth… But, to look around at … Continue reading

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CANCER’S NEXT TOP MODEL?

As a scientist, I want to find a treatment for cancer. To do this I need to perform many experiments testing my new therapy on cancer. I can’t just use human patients, they’re too annoying. How about cancer cells from … Continue reading

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Finding Sequels

I’ve always, always, always loved animals. As a kid, I wanted to be a vet (“also an actor,” thought this 30-something genetics student, “kids are weird”). My Mum worked at a Safari Park in the UK, which didn’t help, as … Continue reading

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The life of a pea aphid, and why you don’t want to be him

Aphids live pretty simple lives, suck up some plant juices, find a mate, and make some babies…sounds quite chilled, right? Wrong. In fact, the life of a pea aphid or Acyrthosiphon pisum, is a constant battle against predators and parasites. In … Continue reading

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Taking sibling rivalry to a whole new level.

Picture it. You are a larva, freshly hatched from an egg, and squirming around with just one goal. Survive. How best to survive? Well, you need food pronto; you’ve literally never been hungrier in your life!! You survey your options, … Continue reading

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One Guppy to Rule Them All.

Trying to find a paper on experimental evolution wasn’t an easy task for me. I found papers that I thought were interesting, but were lacking in experimental evolutionary methods and others that bored me to death. Personally guppies are what come to mind … Continue reading

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The Red Queen, Evolution, and Sex!

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Altruism, does it exist?

Recently I was reading a paper by  Kuzdzal-Fick et al. about my all time favourite social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum, or as I like to call them, dictys, and it got me thinking: is altruism a real thing among non-sentient beings? … Continue reading

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