Green algae reveals one mRNA encodes many proteins

In eukaryotes, gene expression was long held to be “monocistronic,” which means that a single gene makes messenger RNA that then encodes a single protein. In a new study published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of researchers in professor Sabeeha Merchant‘s lab in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology has… More

Searching for adaptation secrets in the Sahara Desert

Graduate student Diana Aguilar Gómez tells the story of Joana Rocha, a visiting scholar in the Rasmus Nielsen lab who ventured into the Sahara Desert to study the genetic adaptations that help desert foxes thrive in extreme environments.