May 15, 2014
Small Number of Genes Have Big Impact on Fish Egg Quality
NC State researchers have taken a big step toward solving a puzzle that has long vexed vertebrates – predicting egg quality, or the viability of embryos in eggs. Using gene expression data and computer modeling, […]
Jul 18, 2013
New Technique for Assessing Calorie Absorption Sheds Light on Genetic Driver of Obesity
Researchers from Harvard, NC State and five other universities have found a specific genetic on-off switch associated with obesity in both mice and humans, raising the long-term possibility of developing new treatments for obesity. As […]
Jan 4, 2013
Huang Scores Travel Award
Postdoc research scholar Wen Huang was honored with a Spring 2013 DeLill Nasser Travel Award from the Genetics Society of America.
Nov 7, 2012
Navel-Gazing Researchers ID Which Species Live in Our Belly Buttons (But Don’t Know Why)
Researchers have discovered which bacteria species are most commonly found in our bellybuttons, but have still not discovered what governs which species will be found on which people. These are the first published findings of […]
Jul 20, 2012
What’s the Deal With Seedless Watermelons?
Seedless watermelons aren’t seedless. They have those little white seeds that don’t have hard black shells, like the seeds in seeded watermelons. How do they do that? Glad you asked! In seeded watermelons, the seed […]
May 22, 2012
Sharing Colors to Survive
At first glance, the vibrantly colored and patterned butterflies living in Central and South America wouldn’t seem to have much in common with that notorious beast of burden – the mule. In a paper published […]
May 17, 2012
Hemlock History Repeating Itself?
Scientists trying to save eastern hemlock trees from widespread insect attacks may have uncovered a case of déjà vu, dating back millennia. “Our hypothesis is that 7,000 to 8,000 years ago, insects hammered the eastern […]
May 8, 2012
Why Don’t We Study Bed Bugs?
Bed bugs have garnered a lot of attention over the past few years, including coverage from mainstream media outlets (e.g., a search of the New York Times website for “bed bugs” calls up 4,270 mentions […]
Feb 27, 2012
Fruit Flies, Mice and How Their Genetic Codes Can Help You
In the past two weeks, NC State geneticists Trudy Mackay and David Threadgill, working with collaborators from across the globe, have published landmark scientific papers and made available new resources that will make it easier for researchers to tease out the links between an organism’s genetic blueprint and its behavior or traits.
Jan 30, 2012
What’s A Genotype? What’s A Phenotype? And Why Do I Care?
Genetics research is interesting stuff, and news stories about exciting new findings seem to crop up almost daily. But many people simply don’t have the vocabulary to understand what’s going on. “What is a genotype […]