Fundamental bioscience news
Neuroscientists have discovered an unexpected benefit of getting older – a more nuanced understanding of social signals, such as the age of others. In a BBSRC-funded study in the journal Current Biology, University of Glasgow researchers show that older people have richer mental representations of the ageing process.
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.