Sex, lice and videotape

June 10, 2019

Access more multimedia files here. A few years ago, Scott Villa of Emory University had a problem. Then a graduate student at the University of Utah, he was stumped with an issue never addressed in school: How does one film lice having sex? Villa and University of Utah biologists had demonstrated real-time adaptation in their […]



Variations of a single gene drive diverse pigeon feather patterns

July 17, 2018

In a new study, a University of Utah-led team has discovered that different versions of a single gene, called NDP (Norrie Disease Protein),┬áhave unexpected links between color patterns in pigeons, and vision defects in humans. These gene variations were likely bred into pigeons by humans from a different pigeon species and are now evolutionarily advantageous […]