Is homosexuality genetic? It’s a long-running debate. Now researchers at UT say they’ve found a clue that may unlock the mystery. It lies in something called epi-genetics—how gene expression is regulated by temporary switches. A working group at NIMBioS used mathematical modeling that found the transmission of sex-specific epi-marks may signal homosexuality.
NIMBioS welcomes Ernest Brothers as associate director for diversity Enhancement, a newly created leadership role at NIMBioS. Brothers is an assistant dean in the Graduate School, overseeing the Office of Graduate Training and Mentorship.
Graham Hickling, NIMBioS Associate Director for Partner Relations and Director of UT’s Center for Wildlife Health, was interviewed by the Knoxville News Sentinel and National Geographic about his research related to ticks.
A new national anti-bullying ad campaign urges parents to teach their kids to speak up if they witness bullying. One UT researcher has found that in humans’ evolutionary past, at least, helping the victim of a bully hastened our species’ movement toward a more egalitarian society.
Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel for finding that we are genetically inclined to help weaker victims fight back against dominating bullies.
Breast milk, bumble bees, and even “Bieber Fever” will undergo mathematical analyses at the 2012 annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Biology, July 25–28, at the Knoxville Convention Center. About 400 scientists and undergraduate students from twenty-three countries and thirty-five US states are expected to attend the annual meeting.
WBIR’s Ken Schwall put on his science thinking cap and joined middle school girls at science camp. Hosted by CURENT and NIMBioS research centers, the fun and educational day camp for middle school-aged girls features activities and tours that have been planned by faculty and education staff at each center.
It is a question that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for years: Why did we stop being promiscuous and decide to settle down to start families? Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, may have found the answer, and it lies in the power of female choice.
A mathematical model by Sergey Gavrilets, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, is getting a lot of media attention. It has found that monogamous, romantic love — or, more prosaically, pair-bonding — may have evolved in a sexual revolution that could have laid down the roots of the modern family.
The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis is pleased to announce that educational hip-hop artist Baba Brinkman will be joining NIMBioS as its new songwriter-in-residence in April and May.