HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Rice wins $5m to probe social evolution using latest genetic tools

ge.

"The genetic tools and simplicity of sociality in social amoebae make it easier to study the processes of cooperation and conflict that also operate in other organisms," said Strassmann.

The social evolution project has four goals. First, it will uncover the genes and molecular pathways underlying sociality. Second, it will probe the evolutionary history of these genes. For example, the research will test whether social forces create significant evolutionary pressures, and it will demonstrate the social function of ancestral genes by recreating them and testing them in vivo. Third, the project will generate experimental evidence for how opportunistic, non-altruistic behavior is controlled, a process that was essential in the major evolutionary transitions noted above.

Finally, the knowledge gained in the lab will be used to understand how social evolution works in the wild.

Rice's portion of the grant will fund a number of postdoctoral researchers, graduate students and undergraduate researchers in Queller and Strassmann's research group. It will also fund a portion of the project's outreach initiatives, which include the development of an educational Web site and partnerships to recruit and train students from high-minority schools, including the University of Houston-Downtown and local public schools.

Queller and Strassmann are professors of ecology and evolutionary biology. Baylor co-principal investigators include Adam Kuspa, professor of developmental biology; Gad Shaulsky, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics; and Chad Shaw, instructor of molecular and human genetics.


'"/>

Contact: Jade Boyd
jadeboyd@rice.edu
713-348-6778
Rice University
24-Sep-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Microarrays, key genome expression trackers, work better when probes are sequence-verified
2. ORNL nanoprobe creates world of new possibilities
3. Study probes ecosystem of tree holes
4. U-M scientists use 21st-century technology to probe secrets of M. tuberculosis
5. UCLA chemists develop new coating for nanoscale probes
6. Stretching DNA on a tiny scale, researchers probe the basis for its compaction
7. Researchers probe link between nanotechnology and health
8. Shark guide probes uncharted waters
9. Nanoparticle probes are destined for major new role in medical diagnostics and drug delivery
10. The Rosetta space probes long trek to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko
11. Purdue research suggests nanotubes could make better brain probes

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
TAG: Rice wins probe social evolution using latest genetic tools

(Date:5/14/2015)... , May 14, 2015  Verificient ... identity verification and online remote proctoring, announced ... software-as-a-service (SaaS) company and creator of the ... of the two companies will benefit from ... Canvas. As a fully integrated ...
(Date:5/11/2015)... , May 11, 2015  Through a well-rounded UAS ... had a strong showing at AUVSI,s Unmanned 2015 ... representatives of Ohio,s UAS industry met ... abroad from all points along the UAS ecosystem. ... Coalition,s (DDC) Vice President for Aerospace Rich Knoll . ...
(Date:5/10/2015)... , May 11, 2015 Fingerprint Cards ... FPC1025 and FPC1155 from the distributor World Peace Industrial Group ... distributors in Asia . Deliveries are planned ... be used by smartphone manufacturers in China ... the communicated revenue guidance of + 1 000 MSEK for 2015. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Verificient and Instructure Announce Alliance Partnership to Provide Online Proctoring for K-12 and Higher Education Institutions 2Ohio Flies High at Unmanned '15, Sets Stage for Ohio UAS Conference 2Fingerprint Cards Receives Touch Fingerprint Sensor Order of SEK 235 Million 2
(Date:5/26/2015)... 26, 2015 WORMS, GERMANY – ... Co. (NYSE: GRA) announces that its manufacturing facility ... (GMP) certification from EXCiPACT™, an independent organization that ... , All three Grace facilities that ... excipient silica gels have now received GMP certification, ...
(Date:5/26/2015)... --  Intrexon Corporation (NYSE: XON ), a leader ... Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Head of Intrexon,s Health Sector, ... Wednesday, June 3 rd , at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time ... . About Intrexon Corporation Intrexon ... with Better DNA ™ to create biologically-based products that ...
(Date:5/26/2015)... , May 26, 2015   PDI , ... today announced that Oakwood Healthcare in ... the winning entry in Delivering the ... who display excellence in building collaborative relationships between ... in healthcare facilities.  Oakwood Healthcare,s ...
(Date:5/26/2015)... 26, 2015 Mr. Kevin Xu , President ... Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton ... loss of Dr. Rongxiang Xu , Kevin,s father. ... ahead of his time, Dr. Xu,s commitment to the advancement ... legacy that will not be forgotten. As a renowned life ...
Breaking Biology Technology:CORRECTION: Grace European Facility Receives GMP Excipient Certification for SYLOID® FP Silica Gel 2Intrexon to Present at the Jefferies 2015 Global Healthcare Conference 2PDI Announces Winner in Delivering the Difference Contest 2PDI Announces Winner in Delivering the Difference Contest 3Dr. Rongxiang Xu, Beyond A Legend 2
Cached News: