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How did the giraffe get its long neck? Clues now revealed by new genome sequencing

For the first time, the genomes of the giraffe and its closest living relative, the reclusive okapi of the African rainforest, have been sequenced -- revealing the first clues about the genetic changes that led to the evolution of the giraffe’s exceptionally long neck and its record-holding ranking as the world’s tallest land species. The research will be published in the scientific journal Nature Communications on May 17, 2016.
Read more about the discovery here.

Katriona Shea Elected as Fellow of Ecological Society of America (30 August 2016)

Coral conservation efforts aided by computer simulations: New research shows that endangered corals in the eastern Pacific Ocean are isolated from healthy coral populations in the west (23 August 2016)

Ashtekar elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences (22 August 2016)

John Lin to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2016 (8 August 2016)

Chad Hanna appointed as the Norman and Trygve Freed Early Career Professor in Physics (29 July 2016)

Record-breaking map of 1.2-million galaxies now ready to reveal secrets of dark energy (14 July 2016)

AstroFest 2016 is Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival (11 July 2016)

New clues could help scientists harness the power of photosynthesis (7 July 2016)

New, better way to build circuits for world's first useful quantum computers (27 June 2016)

Fastest-spinning brown-dwarf star is detected by its bursts of radio waves (24 June 2016)

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