In an effort to understand the molecular basis of adaptation in vertebrates, BBSRC-funded researchers have sequenced the genomes and transcriptomes of five species of the African cichlid fish and uncovered a variety of features that enable the fish to thrive in new habitats and ecological niches. In addition to helping explain the complex genomic mechanisms that give rise to incredible diversity among cichlid fishes, the findings from these 'natural mutants' shed new light on the molecular process of evolution in all vertebrate species.
Published today in leading publication Science, TGAC’s Director of Science Federica Di Palma, with an international team of scientists, leads ground-breaking study examining the domestication of rabbits. The research presents key findings in the DNA make-up of the common mammal’s brain and nervous system, which determines how wild rabbits were genetically transformed to domestic rabbits.
The Babraham Institute is pleased to announce that it will be hosting a special Open Labs Afternoon on Friday 29 August for a limited number of artists, photographers, illustrators and creative people who wish to capture the perfect shot or gain inspiration for the exciting BBSRC competition – Images with Impact: the Great British Bioscience Image Competition. The recently launched 'Images with Impact' competition is part of the BBSRC 20th Anniversary programme, which seeks to highlight Great British Bioscience and its importance in everyday life.