College of Science faculty Jessica Lee, Siavash Riazi, Shahla Nemati, Jannell Bazurto, Andreas Vasdekis, Benjamin Ridenhour, Christopher Remien and Christopher Marx had a paper published in PLOS Genetics. In their research, they uncovered that genetically identical cells can be phenomenally different in their ability to survive stress, and thus selection acts upon the distributions of phenotypes without leading to genetic changes. They also found that stress tolerance changes with the environment, and there is even a form of memory that takes place as a result. These phenomena are being discovered in many realms, including cancer, where there are often “phenotypic mutations” which may seem like genetic change, but are not. This study opens the door to studying the entanglement of Darwinian genetic evolution with Lamarckian phenotypic evolution. Read the full article.
Paper Explores Use of Shell Material to Gather DNA From MollusksFebruary 22, 2021
This research isn’t associated with IMCI but Christine Parent and Lisette Waits are both IMCI participants and we love touting good news. Kelly Martin, a biology doctorate student, and two faculty members, including Christine Parent, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Lisette Waits, distinguished professor in the College of Natural Resources, jointly produced a paper on […]
Biology Professor Recognized by Alma Mater for Success, Service and LeadershipFebruary 18, 2021
Jim Bull is an essential IMCI participant. He is a member of our Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) and participates in several working groups. The U of I is lucky to have him! View the original press release here. February 17, 2021 College of Science Professor Jim Bull has been recognized as the 2021 Arts and Sciences Distinguished […]
Disease Deadliness And Willingness To Vaccinate Linked, Study ShowsOctober 26, 2020
Congratulations to IMCI participants on their recent publication in PLOS Medicine. The following news story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau. View the original article here. A newly published study out of the University of Idaho suggests that the higher perceived risk of a disease, the more likely someone is to vaccinate. The researchers surveyed […]