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December 18, 2017

Evolutionary bottlenecks brought on by domestication have caused the genome of corn to retain harmful mutations over the course of millennia, according to a new study from Matthew Hufford, ecology, evolution and organismal biology. The study takes a journey through the past by studying genetic changes in corn.

December 11, 2017

An online database built by ISU scientists, including Walter Moss, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, provides a new tool with which researchers can study human biology. The database is freely accessible to anyone on the web, where it allows scientists to study the functions and structure of RNA with greater speed and ease than in the past

December 4, 2017

ISU has had a SACNAS chapter for over four years, expanding the chapter size to 20 active members. The goal of the organization is to promote the involvement of all students in STEM, helping students learn about research opportunities, and offering personal/professional development workshops during chapter meetings every two weeks.

December 4, 2017

Sex chromosomes at the time of fertilization determines the sex of most snakes and lizards. But, the sex of most turtles is determined by environmental conditions after fertilization.  For turtles with temperature-dependent sex determination, the temperature during certain points in development determine the sex ratio. Usually low temperatures produce male turtles and high temps result in more females.

November 27, 2017

Jeanne Serb, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been appointed the new director for ISU’s Office of Biotechnology and chair of the Biotechnology Council. Her appointment begins Jan. 1. Serb replaces Jim Reecy who joined the Office of the Vice President for Research as an associate vice president for research this summer.