Topic: Evolution

Organisms Across Tree of Life Share Common Molecular Tools

Sept. 8, 2015
protein map

Researchers at UT Austin discovered the assembly instructions for nearly 1,000 protein complexes shared by most kinds of animals, offering a powerful new tool for studying the causes of diseases such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cancer.

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Mass Extinctions Can Accelerate Evolution

Aug. 12, 2015
Virtual Biped Robot

A computer science team at UT Austin has found that robots evolve more quickly and efficiently after a virtual mass extinction modeled after real-life disasters such as the one that killed off the dinosaurs. Beyond its implications for artificial intelligence, the research supports the idea that mass extinctions actually speed up evolution by unleashing new creativity in adaptations.

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Corals Already Adapting to Global Warming, Scientists Say

June 25, 2015
A diver surveys temperature-tolerant corals in the Great Barrier Reef

Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, a team of scientists has found.

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Partly Human Yeast Show A Common Ancestor’s Lasting Legacy

May 21, 2015
Microscope image reveals internal organization of yeast cell

Despite a billion years of evolution separating humans from the baker’s yeast in their refrigerators, hundreds of genes from an ancestor that the two species have in common live on nearly unchanged in them both, say biologists at UT Austin. 

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Computer Scientists at UT Austin Crack Code for Redrawing Bird Family Tree

Dec. 11, 2014

[caption id="attachment_49761" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Siavash Mirarab, computer science graduate student at The University of Texas at Austin, helped develop a new technique for estimating evolutionary relationships that allowed researchers to redraw the bird family tree."]Siavash Mirarab[/caption]

AUSTIN, Texas  A new computational technique developed at The University of Texas at Austin has enabled an international consortium to produce an avian tree of life that points to the origins of various bird species.

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