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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.

Increasing prevalence of autism is due, in part, to changing diagnoses (22 July 2015)

Jane Charlton selected as Penn State Teaching Fellow (20 July 2015)

2D materials researchers aim 'beyond graphene': In the realm of 2D materials, weirdness works (20 July 2015)

AstroFest 2015 is Four Evenings of Astronomy Activities and Stargazing During Arts Festival (7 July 2015)

How the Mammoth Got its Wool: Genetic changes are identified that helped the woolly mammoth survive in the Arctic (2 July 2015)

Kin Fai Mak to receive Department of Energy Early Career Research Program funding (1 July 2015)

Black hole, quiet since 1989, now caught burping a rare X-ray flare (30 June 2015)

Charlton honored with President's Award for Excellence in Academic Integration (30 June 2015)

Lord of the Rings: Astronomers Pinpoint the Location of a Mysterious Neutron Star with Superlative Rings of X-ray Light (23 June 2015)

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