Fundamental bioscience news
The first in a series of videos presenting outcomes of BBSRC-funded science. Part of BBSRC’s 20th anniversary year, other special content includes an interactive timeline, interviews with great British bioscience pioneers, awards for excellence in bioscience as well as new funding opportunities for early-career researchers.
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.