Biosci Research News about the research happening in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/news/rss/research.aspx 08/04/13 Dr. Camille Parmesan (IB) is part of a recent study finding that marine life are shifting their geographic distribution toward the poles at an average rate ten times that of terrestrial species. 08/04/13 Dr. Camille Parmesan (IB) is part of a recent study finding that marine life are shifting their geographic distribution toward the poles at an average rate ten times that of terrestrial species. http://phys.org/news/2013-08-ucsb-climate-modifications-marine-life.html 07/15/13 Dr. Mike Ryan (IB) and colleague are using robotic frogs to study the mating calls of the túngara frog. 07/15/13 Dr. Mike Ryan (IB) and colleague are using robotic frogs to study the mating calls of the túngara frog. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/07/robotic-frogs-serenade/ 06/12/13 Dr. Russell Poldrack (NB) is working with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to create a web-based OpenfMRI project. 06/12/13 Dr. Russell Poldrack (NB) is working with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) to create a web-based OpenfMRI project. http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/news/feature-stories/2013/breaking-down-brain-function 06/03/13 Dr. Jeff Chen (MCDB) has been given a new $2.5 million NSF grant to study hybrid vigor in corn. 06/03/13 Dr. Jeff Chen (MCDB) has been given a new $2.5 million NSF grant to study hybrid vigor in corn. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/06/better-corn/ 06/03/13 Dr. Molly Cummings and Dr. Parrish Brady (both IB) have determined that some fish can hide in the open ocean by manipulating how light reflects off their skin. 06/03/13 Dr. Molly Cummings and Dr. Parrish Brady (both IB) have determined that some fish can hide in the open ocean by manipulating how light reflects off their skin. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/06/fish-camouflage/ 06/03/13 Dr. Marvin Whiteley (MGM) has found part of the answer to one of the most expensive mysteries of modern health care - why chronic wounds don't heal. 06/03/13 Dr. Marvin Whiteley (MGM) has found part of the answer to one of the most expensive mysteries of modern health care - why chronic wounds don't heal. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/06/chronic-wounds/ 05/16/13 Dr. Ed LeBrun, Dr. John Abbott, and Dr. Larry Gilbert (all IB) published a study of the invasive "crazy ant" and the impact it is having. 05/16/13 Dr. Ed LeBrun, Dr. John Abbott, and Dr. Larry Gilbert (all IB) published a study of the invasive "crazy ant" and the impact it is having. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/05/invasive-crazy-ants/ 04/26/13 Dr. Adron Harris (NB) and his former postdoc, Dr. Rebecca Howard, are first to identify how alcohol might affect key brain proteins. 04/26/13 Dr. Adron Harris (NB) and his former postdoc, Dr. Rebecca Howard, are first to identify how alcohol might affect key brain proteins. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/04/researchers-identify-one-of-alcohol-key-gateways-to-the-brain/ 04/23/13 Every week Dr. Russell Poldrack (NB) collects data on himself as part of his year-long project to study a single human brain in detail. 04/23/13 Every week Dr. Russell Poldrack (NB) collects data on himself as part of his year-long project to study a single human brain in detail. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/04/neuroscientist-brain-russome/ 04/22/13 Dr. Steve Bellan (IB) and colleagues show that scavengers may have no effect on the spread of anthrax spores. 04/22/13 Dr. Steve Bellan (IB) and colleagues show that scavengers may have no effect on the spread of anthrax spores. http://www.utexas.edu/news/2013/04/22/scientists-cage-dead-zebras-in-africa-to-understand-the-spread-of-anthrax/ 04/12/13 Dr. Ed Theriot (IB) and Matt Ashworth (Plant Bio) are using the TACC supercomputers to answer a number of basic questions about diatom evolution. 04/12/13 Dr. Ed Theriot (IB) and Matt Ashworth (Plant Bio) are using the TACC supercomputers to answer a number of basic questions about diatom evolution. http://www.livescience.com/28690-ranger-tacc-diatoms-research-nsf-bts.html 04/07/13 Dr. R. Malcolm Brown (MGM) announced a new method for producing nanocellulose using genetically-altered algae. 04/07/13 Dr. R. Malcolm Brown (MGM) announced a new method for producing nanocellulose using genetically-altered algae. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-04/acs-eat031813.php 03/25/13 Emily Jane McTavish (EEB) and Dr. David Hillis (IB) have decoded the genome of UT Austin's mascot, the Texas Longhorn. 03/25/13 Emily Jane McTavish (EEB) and Dr. David Hillis (IB) have decoded the genome of UT Austin's mascot, the Texas Longhorn. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/03/decoding-the-longhorn-genome/ 02/04/13 Dr. Hayley Glllespie (EEB alumna) used a novel technique, stable isotope analysis, to determine the diet of the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. 02/04/13 Dr. Hayley Glllespie (EEB alumna) used a novel technique, stable isotope analysis, to determine the diet of the endangered Barton Springs Salamander. http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/news/2013/Gillespie-novel-method-reveals.aspx 01/24/13 Dr. Sara Sawyer (MGM) and colleagues have figured out a way to insert HIV-resistant genes into an individual's T cells, which could ward off the immune collapse that typically gives rise to AIDS. 01/24/13 Dr. Sara Sawyer (MGM) and colleagues have figured out a way to insert HIV-resistant genes into an individual's T cells, which could ward off the immune collapse that typically gives rise to AIDS. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/01/engineered-immune-cells-resist-infection-from-hiv-and-could-ultimately-replace-drug-therapy/ 01/23/13 Researchers from the Section of Neurobiology have found that isolated animals become addicted more easily and have a harder time kicking the habit than rats raised in a social environment. 01/23/13 Researchers from the Section of Neurobiology have found that isolated animals become addicted more easily and have a harder time kicking the habit than rats raised in a social environment. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/01/socially-isolated-rats-addiction/ 01/17/13 Researchers from the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology and colleagues have discovered that the lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing mouse embryos. 01/17/13 Researchers from the Section of Molecular Cell and Developmental Biology and colleagues have discovered that the lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing mouse embryos. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/01/folic-acid-enzyme/ 01/16/13 Dr. Jesse Weber, a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Dan Bolnick (IB), was part of a study that has narrowed down four areas of DNA that have a large impact on complex behaviors in deer mice. 01/16/13 Dr. Jesse Weber, a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Dan Bolnick (IB), was part of a study that has narrowed down four areas of DNA that have a large impact on complex behaviors in deer mice. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/17/science/mouse-study-discovers-dna-that-controls-behavior.html?_r=0 01/15/13 Several scientists from our Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have created 61 new strains of genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that may help improve vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV. 01/15/13 Several scientists from our Section of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology have created 61 new strains of genetically engineered E. coli bacteria that may help improve vaccines for diseases such as flu, pertussis, cholera and HPV. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/01/designer-bacteria-better-vaccines/ 01/10/13 Dr. Ian Molineux (MGM) and colleagues catch a virus in the act of infecting a cell. 01/10/13 Dr. Ian Molineux (MGM) and colleagues catch a virus in the act of infecting a cell. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2013/01/t7-virus-infecting-cell/ 12/26/12 An interview with Dr. Shalene Jha (IB) on her research: the relationshp between bees and the urban landscape. 12/26/12 An interview with Dr. Shalene Jha (IB) on her research: the relationshp between bees and the urban landscape. http://www.statesman.com/news/news/local/as-global-pollinator-crisis-continues-ut-researche/nTf86/ 12/24/12 Dr. Shalene Jha (IB) has shown that bumblebees, an important native pollinator, do better in areas with less pavement and more floral diversity. 12/24/12 Dr. Shalene Jha (IB) has shown that bumblebees, an important native pollinator, do better in areas with less pavement and more floral diversity. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/12/bumblebees-pavement-floral-diversity/ 12/06/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) and Dr. Andrea Gore (Pharm) have helped create a testing system to minimize the threat of endocrine disruptors in new products. 12/06/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) and Dr. Andrea Gore (Pharm) have helped create a testing system to minimize the threat of endocrine disruptors in new products. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121206142030.htm 12/03/12 Dr. Chris Sullivan (MGM) is using a Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 grant to understand how latent viruses hide from our adaptive immune response and how we can make them visible. 12/03/12 Dr. Chris Sullivan (MGM) is using a Burroughs Wellcome Fund $500,000 grant to understand how latent viruses hide from our adaptive immune response and how we can make them visible. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/12/biologist-eradicating-latent-viruses/ 11/29/12 Some of our Neurobiology researchers released a study showing how overuse of alcohol can leave lasting changes in the brain. 11/29/12 Some of our Neurobiology researchers released a study showing how overuse of alcohol can leave lasting changes in the brain. http://www.redorbit.com/news/science/1112739092/alcoholic-fly-larvae-drink-to-learn-112912/ 10/08/12 Dr. Martin Poenie (MCDB) and colleagues have found a one-step process for harvesting algae for use in biofuels. 10/08/12 Dr. Martin Poenie (MCDB) and colleagues have found a one-step process for harvesting algae for use in biofuels. http://www.biodieselmagazine.com/articles/8664/researchers-develop-one-step-algae-harvesting-fame-conversion 10/03/12 Dr. Robert Jansen (IB) and colleagues are trying to figure out why geraniums evolve at a vastly higher rate than other plants. 10/03/12 Dr. Robert Jansen (IB) and colleagues are trying to figure out why geraniums evolve at a vastly higher rate than other plants. http://www.tacc.utexas.edu/news/feature-stories/2012/garden-variety-mutants 09/28/12 Dr. Vishy Iyer (MGM) and Dr. Matt Cowperthwaite (SBS) are trying to sort brain tumors into genetically unique subtypes. 09/28/12 Dr. Vishy Iyer (MGM) and Dr. Matt Cowperthwaite (SBS) are trying to sort brain tumors into genetically unique subtypes. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/09/glioblastoma-genetics-iyer/ 09/10/12 Emily Jane McTavish (EEB Grad Program) has traced the genetic ancestry of our Texas Longhorn. 09/10/12 Emily Jane McTavish (EEB Grad Program) has traced the genetic ancestry of our Texas Longhorn. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/09/texas-longhorn-genetics/ 09/02/12 Dr. Alan Lambowitz (MGM) and colleagues have deduced how double-stranded RNA is remodeled inside the cell. 09/02/12 Dr. Alan Lambowitz (MGM) and colleagues have deduced how double-stranded RNA is remodeled inside the cell. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/09/ancient-enzymes-function-like-nanopistons-to-unwind-rna/ 08/21/12 Dr. John Wallingford (MCDB) and other UT Austin scientists have found that an old antifungal shows promise as a cancer therapy drug. 08/21/12 Dr. John Wallingford (MCDB) and other UT Austin scientists have found that an old antifungal shows promise as a cancer therapy drug. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/08/thiabendazole-slows-tumors/ 08/13/12 Dr. Steven Phelps (IB) is studying singing mice to help understand and identify genes that affect language in humans. 08/13/12 Dr. Steven Phelps (IB) is studying singing mice to help understand and identify genes that affect language in humans. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/08/origins-singing-mouse/ 07/14/12 Dr. Alison Preston (NB) finds that when humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge. 07/14/12 Dr. Alison Preston (NB) finds that when humans learn, their brains relate new information with past experiences to derive new knowledge. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/07/memories-tools-for-learning/ 07/08/12 Dr. Kim Raab-Graham (NB) searches for alternative treatments for Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and autism. 07/08/12 Dr. Kim Raab-Graham (NB) searches for alternative treatments for Alzheimer's, epilepsy, and autism. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2012/07/08/alzheimers-rapamycin/ 06/25/12 Dr. Chris Sullivan (MGM) discusses his use of next-generation genome analysis technology. 06/25/12 Dr. Chris Sullivan (MGM) discusses his use of next-generation genome analysis technology. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2012/06/25/next-gen-gene-sequencing/ 06/14/12 Dr. Lauren Meyers (IB) and colleagues have developed a new resource for public health officials, the Texas Pandemic Flu Toolkit. 06/14/12 Dr. Lauren Meyers (IB) and colleagues have developed a new resource for public health officials, the Texas Pandemic Flu Toolkit. http://alcalde.texasexes.org/2012/06/ut-toolkit-readies-texas-to-fight-the-flu/ 05/31/12 Dr. Hans Hofmann (IB) and Dr. Lauren O'Connell (IB) have found that humans share neural circuits with animals as diverse as fish and frogs. 05/31/12 Dr. Hans Hofmann (IB) and Dr. Lauren O'Connell (IB) have found that humans share neural circuits with animals as diverse as fish and frogs. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/05/ancient-neural-circuitry/ 05/29/12 Dr. Stephen Trent (MGM) has figured out the answer to a 50-year old mystery about cholera. 05/29/12 Dr. Stephen Trent (MGM) has figured out the answer to a 50-year old mystery about cholera. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/05/50-year-cholera-mystery-solved/ 05/22/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) finds yet more epigenetic effects caused by environmental chemical exposure. 05/22/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) finds yet more epigenetic effects caused by environmental chemical exposure. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/05/todays-environment-influences-behavior-generations-later/ 05/07/12 Patricia Salerno (EEB Grad program) and colleagues answer an age-old question about the Amazonian tepuis. 05/07/12 Patricia Salerno (EEB Grad program) and colleagues answer an age-old question about the Amazonian tepuis. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/08/science/its-not-so-lonely-at-the-top-tepui-ecosystems-thrive-up-high.html?_r=1 05/05/12 The Statesman does a profile on the work of Dr. Larry Gilbert (IB), such as his studies of co-evolution in passion flowers and butterflies, as well as his work on phorid flies and fire ants. 05/05/12 The Statesman does a profile on the work of Dr. Larry Gilbert (IB), such as his studies of co-evolution in passion flowers and butterflies, as well as his work on phorid flies and fire ants. http://www.statesman.com/life/ants-go-marching-under-the-watchful-eye-of-2342153.html 04/17/12 Dr. Mike Aspinwall (IB) was lead author on a recent study showing that 50+ years of work to increase the growth rate and wood production in loblolly pines has also increased the amount of CO2 they sequester. 04/17/12 Dr. Mike Aspinwall (IB) was lead author on a recent study showing that 50+ years of work to increase the growth rate and wood production in loblolly pines has also increased the amount of CO2 they sequester. http://www.newswise.com/articles/improved-loblolly-pines-better-for-the-environment-study-finds 04/11/12 Dr. Jeff Chen (MCDB) finds that seed size in some plants is controlled by siRNAs inherited from the plant's mother. 04/11/12 Dr. Jeff Chen (MCDB) finds that seed size in some plants is controlled by siRNAs inherited from the plant's mother. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2012/04/seed-size-sirnas/ 03/19/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) weighs in on the effects of Bisphenol-A. 03/19/12 Dr. David Crews (IB) weighs in on the effects of Bisphenol-A. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-crews/bpa-ban_b_1363311.html 03/05/12Dr. Tanya Paull (MGM) gives a brief video interview regarding her cancer research. 03/05/12Dr. Tanya Paull (MGM) gives a brief video interview regarding her cancer research. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2012/03/05/tanya_paull_cprit_cancer_research/ 02/20/12Jacob Soule, a student in our Plant Biology Graduate Program, was featured on KVRX discussing co-evolution in pollination. 02/20/12Jacob Soule, a student in our Plant Biology Graduate Program, was featured on KVRX discussing co-evolution in pollination. http://www.biosci.utexas.edu/news/2012/JacobSoule.aspx 02/13/12 Dr. Alison Preston (NB) discusses her work with memory and the brain in a short interview. 02/13/12 Dr. Alison Preston (NB) discusses her work with memory and the brain in a short interview. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2012/02/13/cognitive_neuroscience_memory/ 02/03/12Dr. George Bittner (NB) has developed a method of nerve repair that drastically reduces recovery time. 02/03/12Dr. George Bittner (NB) has developed a method of nerve repair that drastically reduces recovery time. http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21425-rapid-nerve-repair-helps-lame-rats-walk-within-days.html 01/02/12Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura's (NB) work uses worms to divine potential treatments for Alzheimer's. 01/02/12Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura's (NB) work uses worms to divine potential treatments for Alzheimer's. http://www.statesman.com/news/local/two-ut-researchers-using-worms-in-personal-quest-2075575.html 11/10/11Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura's (NB) 'Parkinsonian' worms may hold the key to identification of drugs for this debilitating disease. 11/10/11Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura's (NB) 'Parkinsonian' worms may hold the key to identification of drugs for this debilitating disease. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/11/parkinsonian-worms/ 10/13/11Dr. Peter English (SBS) is part of an international team of scientists worried about most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere. 10/13/11Dr. Peter English (SBS) is part of an international team of scientists worried about most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/10/yasuni-biodiversity-2/ 10/06/11Dr. Sahotra Sarkar (IB) believes Chagas disease may be more widespread than previously thought. 10/06/11Dr. Sahotra Sarkar (IB) believes Chagas disease may be more widespread than previously thought. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/10/stalking-chagas-disease/ 09/20/11Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura (NB) awarded NIH grants to study prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative and vascular diseases. 09/20/11Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura (NB) awarded NIH grants to study prevention and treatment of neurodegenerative and vascular diseases. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/09/nih-grants/ 09/13/11One of the largest facilities for growing algae for biofuels opens at UT Austin. 09/13/11One of the largest facilities for growing algae for biofuels opens at UT Austin. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/09/algae-facility/ 09/08/11Two IB Faculty and two graduates of our EEB Graduate Program find a rare example of hybrid speciation in an animal. 09/08/11Two IB Faculty and two graduates of our EEB Graduate Program find a rare example of hybrid speciation in an animal. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/09/swallowtail-hybrid/ 08/26/11Dr. Robert Krug (MGM) and colleagues figure out the 3D structure of an influenza B virus protein and what it suppresses. 08/26/11Dr. Robert Krug (MGM) and colleagues figure out the 3D structure of an influenza B virus protein and what it suppresses. http://www.utexas.edu/news/2011/08/26/b_virus_site/ 08/04/11Dr. Karin Akre (SBS), Amanda Lea (EEB Grad Student), Dr. Rachel Page (graduate of the EEB program), and Dr. Mike Ryan (IB) find that females can place limits on the evolution of attractive features in males. 08/04/11Dr. Karin Akre (SBS), Amanda Lea (EEB Grad Student), Dr. Rachel Page (graduate of the EEB program), and Dr. Mike Ryan (IB) find that females can place limits on the evolution of attractive features in males. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/08/female-cognition/ 07/18/11Dr. Christian Rabeling (graduate of our EEB program) has discovered that some colonies of an ant species thought to be asexual may be having sex after all. 07/18/11Dr. Christian Rabeling (graduate of our EEB program) has discovered that some colonies of an ant species thought to be asexual may be having sex after all. http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/07/asexual-ants-may-be-having-sex-a.html 07/11/11Jesse Lasky (EEB) and Dr. Tim Keitt (IB) document the threats that border fences pose to wildlife. 07/11/11Jesse Lasky (EEB) and Dr. Tim Keitt (IB) document the threats that border fences pose to wildlife. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/07/border-fences-threaten-wildlife/ 07/08/11Emily Jane McTavish (EEB) was featured in a recent NPR 'Science Friday' segment regarding her work on the genetic history of the longhorn. 07/08/11Emily Jane McTavish (EEB) was featured in a recent NPR 'Science Friday' segment regarding her work on the genetic history of the longhorn. http://www.npr.org/2011/07/08/137704344/the-story-of-texas-longhorns-as-told-by-their-dna 05/17/11Dr. David Hillis (IB), Dr. Harold Zakon (NB), and Benjamin Liebeskind (EEB Grad Program) have found the genes for sodium channels in a single-celled organism, suggesting that it evolved much earlier than the nervous system itself. 05/17/11Dr. David Hillis (IB), Dr. Harold Zakon (NB), and Benjamin Liebeskind (EEB Grad Program) have found the genes for sodium channels in a single-celled organism, suggesting that it evolved much earlier than the nervous system itself. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/05/sodium-channels/ 04/12/11Hitoshi Morikawa (NB) finds that alcohol can help the subconscious mind remember, which can play a role in addiction. 04/12/11Hitoshi Morikawa (NB) finds that alcohol can help the subconscious mind remember, which can play a role in addiction. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/04/alcohol-helps-the-brain-remember/ 03/29/11David Cannatella (IB) and Juan Santos (former EEB graduate student) have found that the most toxic, brightly colored members of the poison frog family may also be the most physically fit. 03/29/11David Cannatella (IB) and Juan Santos (former EEB graduate student) have found that the most toxic, brightly colored members of the poison frog family may also be the most physically fit. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/03/poison-frogs-more-toxic-more-physically-fit/ 03/20/11Camille Parmesan (IB) and Mike Singer (IB) have published a commentary in Nature Climate Change online on how best to study the effects of global climate change. 03/20/11Camille Parmesan (IB) and Mike Singer (IB) have published a commentary in Nature Climate Change online on how best to study the effects of global climate change. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/03/think-globally-act-locally/ 03/01/11Larry Gilbert (IB) is featured in an NSF video talking about his work on speciation in butterflies. 03/01/11Larry Gilbert (IB) is featured in an NSF video talking about his work on speciation in butterflies. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/03/evolution-in-action-2/ 02/22/11Ulrich Mueller (IB) has found that the fungal crops grown by leafcutter ants can both help and hinder them, depending on the environment. 02/22/11Ulrich Mueller (IB) has found that the fungal crops grown by leafcutter ants can both help and hinder them, depending on the environment. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/02/texas-leafcutter-ants/ 02/01/11Vishy Iyer (MGM) and colleagues used the Ranger system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to help show "for the first time that some of the differences in DNA between individuals can affect the binding of transcription factors, and more importantly, that those differences could be inherited. 02/01/11Vishy Iyer (MGM) and colleagues used the Ranger system at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to help show "for the first time that some of the differences in DNA between individuals can affect the binding of transcription factors, and more importantly, that those differences could be inherited. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/02/iyer-placing-landmarks/ 01/28/11Lauren Meyers (IB) and colleagues have been able to model how an epidemic of canine distemper spread through the lions of the Serengeti. 01/28/11Lauren Meyers (IB) and colleagues have been able to model how an epidemic of canine distemper spread through the lions of the Serengeti. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/01/lion-trackers/ 01/25/11Misha Matz (IB) and colleagues have discovered that the fluorescent color of coral larvae can predict whether they'll settle nearby or just keep swimming. 01/25/11Misha Matz (IB) and colleagues have discovered that the fluorescent color of coral larvae can predict whether they'll settle nearby or just keep swimming. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2011/01/coral-color/ 12/23/10Hans Hofmann (IB) and colleagues have shown that environmental influences experienced by a father can be passed down to the next generation, "reprogramming" how genes function in offspring. 12/23/10Hans Hofmann (IB) and colleagues have shown that environmental influences experienced by a father can be passed down to the next generation, "reprogramming" how genes function in offspring. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/12/you-are-what-your-father-ate/ 12/13/10Barrett Klein (a graduate of the EEB program), Ulrich Mueller (IB), and colleagues have found that, much like humans, sleep-deprived honey bees experience communication problems. 12/13/10Barrett Klein (a graduate of the EEB program), Ulrich Mueller (IB), and colleagues have found that, much like humans, sleep-deprived honey bees experience communication problems. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/12/sleepless-bees/ 12/07/10Sibum Sung (MCDB) and colleagues have figured out the role a key molecule plays in a plant's ability to remember winter and thus bloom in spring. 12/07/10Sibum Sung (MCDB) and colleagues have figured out the role a key molecule plays in a plant's ability to remember winter and thus bloom in spring. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/12/vernalization/ 11/15/10David Hillis (IB) and colleagues used phylogenetic analysis to confirm the source of HIV infections in two separate criminal cases in which men were convicted of intentionally infecting their female partners. 11/15/10David Hillis (IB) and colleagues used phylogenetic analysis to confirm the source of HIV infections in two separate criminal cases in which men were convicted of intentionally infecting their female partners. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/11/evolutionary-forensics/ 11/01/10Chris Sullivan (MGM) is in a race to be the first scientist in the world to find a nematode virus, with the help of a few Austin-area high school students. 11/01/10Chris Sullivan (MGM) is in a race to be the first scientist in the world to find a nematode virus, with the help of a few Austin-area high school students. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/11/virus-hunters/ 10/27/10David Crews (IB) and colleagues have found that that the sex ratio of a male rat's family when he's growing up influences both his own sexual behavior and how female rats respond to him. 10/27/10David Crews (IB) and colleagues have found that that the sex ratio of a male rat's family when he's growing up influences both his own sexual behavior and how female rats respond to him. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/10/too-many-sisters-2/ 10/25/10Robert Jansen (IB) and his colleagues have received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the Plant Genome Program of the National Science Foundation to investigate the genomes of the geranium plant and 15 related species. 10/25/10Robert Jansen (IB) and his colleagues have received a four-year, $2.4 million grant from the Plant Genome Program of the National Science Foundation to investigate the genomes of the geranium plant and 15 related species. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/10/decoding-geranium/ 09/14/10Jeff Chen (MCDB) and his colleagues will use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to study the genomics of fiber production in cotton, the largest source of natural and renewable fiber in the world, with a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). 09/14/10Jeff Chen (MCDB) and his colleagues will use next-generation DNA sequencing technologies to study the genomics of fiber production in cotton, the largest source of natural and renewable fiber in the world, with a $3.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/09/improving-cotton/ 08/31/10Ed Theriot (IB) talks about the Texas Memorial Museum, where they explore Texas biodiversity past, present and future. 08/31/10Ed Theriot (IB) talks about the Texas Memorial Museum, where they explore Texas biodiversity past, present and future. http://cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/08/walk-on-the-wild-side/ 08/02/10In his quest to preserve earth’s biodiversity, Sahotra Sarkar (IB) has found inspiration in a place that doesn’t usually play a starring role in the global environmental imagination—Texas. 08/02/10In his quest to preserve earth’s biodiversity, Sahotra Sarkar (IB) has found inspiration in a place that doesn’t usually play a starring role in the global environmental imagination—Texas. http://cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/08/humanizing-biodiversity/ 07/30/10Researching cell movements in developing frogs, John Wallingford (MCDB) and colleagues have revealed… 07/30/10Researching cell movements in developing frogs, John Wallingford (MCDB) and colleagues have revealed… http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/07/wallingford-genetic-disease/ 07/22/10John Abbott (School of Biological Sciences) uses high speed flash photography to capture insects, bats and other animals in motion around Texas - allowing one to see them in a way that is impossible with the naked eye. 07/22/10John Abbott (School of Biological Sciences) uses high speed flash photography to capture insects, bats and other animals in motion around Texas - allowing one to see them in a way that is impossible with the naked eye. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/07/captured-in-a-flash/ 07/08/10An interview with George Pollak (Neurobiology) reveals how he became interested in studying the brain, and why he uses bats to study it. 07/08/10An interview with George Pollak (Neurobiology) reveals how he became interested in studying the brain, and why he uses bats to study it. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/07/08/bat_man_pollak/ 07/06/10John Wallingford (Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology) reveals what inspired him to get into biology and to study morphogenesis. 07/06/10John Wallingford (Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology) reveals what inspired him to get into biology and to study morphogenesis. http://www.utexas.edu/know/2010/07/06/getting_started_wallingford/ 06/17/10Study co-authored by Sahotra Sarkar (Integrative Biology) finds that game theory could help with conservation efforts. 06/17/10Study co-authored by Sahotra Sarkar (Integrative Biology) finds that game theory could help with conservation efforts. http://www.scidev.net/en/news/game-theory-could-help-conservation-efforts-study-finds.html 06/09/10Alan Lambowitz (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) and colleagues are using bacteria from hot springs to reveal clues to the evolution of early life and to unlock the potential in biofuels. 06/09/10Alan Lambowitz (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) and colleagues are using bacteria from hot springs to reveal clues to the evolution of early life and to unlock the potential in biofuels. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/06/bacteria-for-biofuels/ 06/03/10Russell Poldrack (Neurobiology) and colleagues find that adolescent brains are biologically wired to engage in risky behavior. 06/03/10Russell Poldrack (Neurobiology) and colleagues find that adolescent brains are biologically wired to engage in risky behavior. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/06/adolescent-behavior-research/ 05/06/10Misha Matz (Integrative Biology) is wrangling vast amounts of data to study coral evolution in response to climate change using next-gen gene sequencers and TACC's Ranger supercomputer. 05/06/10Misha Matz (Integrative Biology) is wrangling vast amounts of data to study coral evolution in response to climate change using next-gen gene sequencers and TACC's Ranger supercomputer. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/04/evolution-in-action/ 5/6/2010Parrish Brady and Molly Cummings (both in Integrative Biology) found that a Southwestern scarab beetle can perceive circular polarized light, one of only two species known to be able to do so. 5/6/2010Parrish Brady and Molly Cummings (both in Integrative Biology) found that a Southwestern scarab beetle can perceive circular polarized light, one of only two species known to be able to do so. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v464/n7288/full/464468a.html 4/13/2010 John Wallingford (Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology) and Edward Marcotte (Biochemistry)have uncovered new genes responsible for causing human diseases such as cancer and deafness within the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast. 4/13/2010 John Wallingford (Molecular Cell & Developmental Biology) and Edward Marcotte (Biochemistry)have uncovered new genes responsible for causing human diseases such as cancer and deafness within the genomes of organisms as diverse as plants, worms and yeast. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/03/new-genes/ 3/22/2010 Vishy Iyer (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) and colleagues have found that changes in chromatin structure and transcription factor binding could influence human traits, from hair and eye color to susceptibility to certain diseases. 3/22/2010 Vishy Iyer (Molecular Genetics & Microbiology) and colleagues have found that changes in chromatin structure and transcription factor binding could influence human traits, from hair and eye color to susceptibility to certain diseases. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/03/more-influences-on-inherited-traits/ 03/05/10A Swarm of Salmonella - The same kind of evolutionary mechanism that explains why people tend to cross an intersection in an orderly fashion... 03/05/10A Swarm of Salmonella - The same kind of evolutionary mechanism that explains why people tend to cross an intersection in an orderly fashion... http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/03/swarm-of-salmonella/ 01/12/10Pathogens, Parasitic Flies the Subjects of New Research for Fire Ant Control 01/12/10Pathogens, Parasitic Flies the Subjects of New Research for Fire Ant Control http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2010/01/fire-ant-control/ 11/02/09Green Becomes Red: Tracing the Evolution of Coral Fluorescence - Mikhail Matz 11/02/09Green Becomes Red: Tracing the Evolution of Coral Fluorescence - Mikhail Matz http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/11/coral-fluorescence/ 10/20/09Stay tuned for the upcoming PBS special "Lizard Kings", featuring Eric Pianka on the Nova program airing 7pm on October 20. 10/20/09Stay tuned for the upcoming PBS special "Lizard Kings", featuring Eric Pianka on the Nova program airing 7pm on October 20. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/lizard/ 07/22/09Drs. Bas Rokers (pictured), Alex Huk and Larry Cormack discovered the center for 3-D motion processing in the human brain... 07/22/09Drs. Bas Rokers (pictured), Alex Huk and Larry Cormack discovered the center for 3-D motion processing in the human brain... http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/07/3-d-motion-perception/ 06/18/09New Method for Computing Evolutionary Trees ...Computer scientist Tandy Warnow, biologist Randy Linder and their graduate students have created an automated computing method, called SATé... 06/18/09New Method for Computing Evolutionary Trees ...Computer scientist Tandy Warnow, biologist Randy Linder and their graduate students have created an automated computing method, called SATé... http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/06/computing-evolutionary-trees/ 06/17/09Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas J. Priebe, Neurobiologist Named 2009 Pew Scholar. Nicholas Priebe's research on vision could lead to possible treatments for visual disorders and will increase our understanding of basic neuronal mechanisms related to learning and memory. 06/17/09Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas J. Priebe, Neurobiologist Named 2009 Pew Scholar. Nicholas Priebe's research on vision could lead to possible treatments for visual disorders and will increase our understanding of basic neuronal mechanisms related to learning and memory. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/06/priebe-pew-scholar/ 05/04/09University of Texas at Austin Biologists and Engineers In $25 Million Project to Develop Jet Fuel from Algal Oil 05/04/09University of Texas at Austin Biologists and Engineers In $25 Million Project to Develop Jet Fuel from Algal Oil http://www.utexas.edu/news/2009/05/04/fuel_algal_oil/ 04/27/09Sex isn't everything, apparently - The first ants with no males buck an evolutionary trend by reproducing asexually, found Ulrich Mueller and former graduate student Anna Himler. 04/27/09Sex isn't everything, apparently - The first ants with no males buck an evolutionary trend by reproducing asexually, found Ulrich Mueller and former graduate student Anna Himler. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/04/sex-isnt-everything/ 04/21/09Live-in Domestics: Mites as Maids - Tropical sweat bees are healthier when live-in mites keep fungi in check. Grad student Natalia Biana makes this first report of a mutually beneficial cleaning relationship between two different species on land. 04/21/09Live-in Domestics: Mites as Maids - Tropical sweat bees are healthier when live-in mites keep fungi in check. Grad student Natalia Biana makes this first report of a mutually beneficial cleaning relationship between two different species on land. http://web5.cns.utexas.edu/news/2009/04/mites-as-maids/ 04/10/09A new documentary follows Professor Larry Gilbert around BFL, highlighting its essential role in studies of ecology and its importance to the university. 04/10/09A new documentary follows Professor Larry Gilbert around BFL, highlighting its essential role in studies of ecology and its importance to the university. http://strikeproductions.com/brackenridge-field-laboratory.html 04/01/09"Pond Scum Gets Its Moment in the Limelight." Wall Street Journal. Jerry Brand and the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae will prove to be a major source of innovation in the science and production of algae-derived biofuels. 04/01/09"Pond Scum Gets Its Moment in the Limelight." Wall Street Journal. Jerry Brand and the UTEX Culture Collection of Algae will prove to be a major source of innovation in the science and production of algae-derived biofuels. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123940976513610235.html