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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.

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)

Three Alumni Honored with Penn State's Outstanding Science Alumni Award (20 October 2016)

Penn State's Eberly College of Science Launches Corporate Associates Program with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (19 October 2016)

The Russell E. Marker Lectures in Evolutionary Biology set for October 24 and 25 (17 October 2016)

Sensory response to environmental stimuli modulated by form of vitamin B3 in worms (12 October 2016)

New, carbon-nanotube tool for ultra-sensitive virus detection and identification (7 October 2016)

Using satellite images to better target vaccination (7 October 2016)

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