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The lizards are in the books!

It was a breakneck two weeks of sampling, but we’ve caught, measured, and released all the lizards in the island experiment! The 2018 census is in the books. 365 more words


The Best April Fool's Joke

I am rarely aware of what the date is. Along with struggling to remember which is “right” and “left” this is one of my most basic flaws. 71 more words


SMBE satellite meeting on evolution of microbes in natural and experimental populations: synthesis and synergies

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure to be invited to a Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) Meeting aimed to bridge the divide between scientists studying microbial evolution in the lab (mainly through experimental evolution) and scientists studying evolution of microbes ‘in the wild’ (mainly through genome sequencing). 181 more words

Cool Science

The case of accidental evolution in HeLa

How does one accidentally evolve a population of cells? Quite easily it seems. 

This story begins in 1951, when Henrietta Lacks went to see her doctor at Johns Hopkins Hospital. 1,229 more words


The life of a pea aphid, and why you don’t want to be him

Aphids live pretty simple lives, suck up some plant juices, find a mate, and make some babies…sounds quite chilled, right? Wrong. In fact, the life of a pea aphid or… 1,476 more words