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How the Mammoth Got its Wool Genetic changes are identified that helped the woolly mammoth survive in the Arctic
02 July 2015 — Evolutionary change in a gene resurrected in the lab from the extinct woolly mammoth altered the gene's temperature sensitivity and likely was part of a suite of adaptations that allowed the mammoth to survive in harsh arctic environments, according to new research. In a study published in Cell Reports on July 2, 2015, researchers determined the whole-genome sequence of two woolly mammoths and three modern Asian elephants, predicted the function of genetic changes found only in the mammoths, and then experimentally validated the function of a woolly mammoth gene reconstructed in the lab. The research team includes scientists from Penn State University, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, and the University of Chicago.
Augustin Banyaga Named Distinguished Senior Scholar (11 May 2015)
Charles Fisher Named Distinguished Senior Scholar (11 May 2015)
Simpson Lecture Set for May 4 (24 April 2015)