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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.

Mak awarded 2016 Packard Fellowship in Science and Engineering (13 December 2016)

How to make a motor neuron: Mechanisms underlying direct programming of stem cells could eventually lead to cell-replacement therapies (9 December 2016)

Key regulator of bone development identified (7 December 2016)

Coral genomes reveal how populations rebound after environmental catastrophes (17 November 2016)

"Cosmic Whistle" Packs a Surprisingly Energetic Punch (14 November 2016)

Supermassive black holes and their masses subject of Nov. 10 Friedman Lecture (8 November 2016)

New strategy for antidepressant therapies: Increasing the activity of the neurotransmitter GABA in the brains of depressed mice has antidepressant effects (8 November 2016)

Cosgrove awarded the inaugural Masatoshi Nei Innovation Prize in Biology (3 November 2016)

Cotruvo named Louis Martarano Career Development Professor of Chemistry (3 November 2016)

Parasitic Plants May Form Weapons Out of Genes Stolen from Hosts (27 October 2016)

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