Genetic time travel back 50 million years: Scientific team reveals the correct evolutionary relationships among possums
Neuroscientist and Max Planck Research Group Leader James Lightfoot is awarded the Academy Award of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanity. Lightfoot is recognized for his scientific findings on how a predatory nematode species is able to recognize its own offspring and kin. This turned out to be dependent on a small peptide that provides an identification signal. The Academy Award will be presented at a special ceremony on May 22.
When synapse building blocks became scarce: Bayreuth biologists explain protein exchange during vertebrate evolution
Researchers uncover evolutionary forces at play in the aging of the blood system and identify people at increased risk of blood cancer
Living as a social parasite leads to genetic impoverishment in ants / Publication in Nature Communications
What did the ancestor of all bacteria look like, where did it live and what did it feed on? A team of researchers from the Institute of Molecular Evolution at Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf (HHU) has now found answers to these questions by analysing biochemical metabolic networks and evolutionary trees. In the journal Communications Biology, they report on how they can now even infer the shape of the first bacterium.