NIMBioS News

In the News: NIMBioS Tuberculosis Vaccine Study

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A team of UT researchers is working with undergraduate students from across the country to better understand how the human body responds to tuberculosis infection by linking mathematical and biological studies. They hope to eventually build a better TB vaccine. They are conducting the research through the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS). The News Sentinel

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Professor Publishes First Book on Emerging Pathogen Ranavirus

Thousands of dead wood frog tadpoles associated with a ranavirus die-off in Maine (photo credit, Nathaniel Wheelwright)

A genus of emerging pathogens Ranavirus is thought to be the potential new culprit causing the decline and extinction of amphibians around the world. A new book by a UT professor provides insight on the viruses and guidance on urgent research directions to address them.

NIMBioS Study: Warming Could Cause Great Loss of Great Barrier Reef Corals

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The coverage of living corals on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef could decline to less than ten percent if ocean warming continues, according to a new study that explores the short- and long-term consequences of environmental changes to the reef. The study was done by an international team of ecologists at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at UT.

War May Have Made Us Smarter

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Research by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of evolutionary biology and mathematics and associate director of the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis, has been featured on ABC News. Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and

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Prehistoric Conflict Hastened Human Brain’s Capacity for Collaboration, Study Says

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Warfare not only hastened human technological progress and vast social and political changes, but may have greatly contributed to the evolutionary emergence of humans’ high intelligence and ability to work together toward common goals, according to a new study from the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.

Research Confirms Controversial Darwin Theory of Jump Dispersal

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Charles Darwin hypothesized that species could cross oceans and other vast distances on vegetation rafts, icebergs, or the plumage of birds. Though many were skeptical of Darwin’s idea, a new study suggests that he might have been correct.