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Texas Longhorn Genome Decoded

Texas Longhorn Genome Decoded

Texas Longhorn cattle have a hybrid global ancestry, according to a study by University of Texas at Austin researchers published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

Novel Method Reveals Diet of Endangered Barton Springs Salamander

The Barton Springs Salamander (Eurycea sosorum) in Eliza Spring. Image courtesy of Hayley Gillespie. AUSTIN, Texas — Using a novel technique that is less invasive, less lethal, and more informative than traditional methods, an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin has identified what prey the endangered Barton Springs Salamander chooses to ea...
Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

Biologist Uses Supercomputer to Study Fast Evolving Geraniums

With a grant from the NSF's Plant Genome Research Program, Bob Jansen is applying next-generation DNA sequencing methods to better understand why the geranium has evolved to be so radically different from other plants.

Wallingford in The Scientist: Taking the Long View

Biologist John Wallingford gets an in-depth profile.
Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Tracing Bevo: Graduate Student Studies Ancestry of Texas Longhorns

Evolution, ecology and behavior grad student Emily McTavish faces off with a Texas Longhorn.
Research on Singing Mouse Seeks to Understand the Language Gene

Research on Singing Mouse Seeks to Understand the Language Gene

Steven Phelps studies singing mice to gain insights into the genes that contribute to the unique singing behavior—information that could help scientists understand and identify genes that affect language in humans.

Vertebrates Share Ancient Neural Circuitry for Complex Social Behaviors, Biologists Find

Vertebrates Share Ancient Neural Circuitry for Complex Social Behaviors, Biologists Find

Humans, fish and frogs share neural circuits responsible for a diversity of social behavior, from flashy mating displays to aggression and monogamy, that have existed for more than 450 million years.

Ants Go Marching Under the Eye of Texas' Top Scientist

Research on ants helps yield answers to the web of life.
Assembling the Tree of Life: Q&A with Randy Linder

Assembling the Tree of Life: Q&A with Randy Linder

Biologist Randy Linder talks about his atypical college experience, evolution, his life outside the classroom, and a street fight in Peru.

A Tree of Life Grows in Texas

A Tree of Life Grows in Texas

Computer scientist Tandy Warnow uses the supercomputers at TACC to help decipher the relationships between all living things on the planet.