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Flipped sex roles in pipefish, seahorse topic of U of I research

The Jones Lab recently received two grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) valued at about $1.5 million to further research how sexual selection and sexual conflict — which gives rise to different characteristics in males and females ­­— affect the genome. Combined, the studies will last four years.

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U of I Research Team Earns Nearly $6M to Battle Lyme Disease, Surging Tick-Borne Illnesses

University of Idaho researchers are leading a nearly $6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) cooperative agreement, using large and complex data sets to improve prediction and response measures for tick-borne diseases. U of I is part of the four-year NSF project with the University of Nevada, Reno and Dartmouth College. Researchers will design a data framework to organize and clean case data and track movement of tick-borne diseases across the U.S., particularly east to west, where reported cases are low and data points are widespread. Ma said the data framework will help researchers analyze the role numerous factors, including outdoor activity, geographical location and climate, play in tick-borne disease transmission. Socioeconomic factors will also be considered. He said the project will provide online models and resources public health providers and state leaders can use to better predict changes in the number of tick-borne disease cases in their areas and develop proper community response protocols.

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Adam Jones Awarded $1 Million Comparative Genomics NSF Grant

Adam Jones, a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded a $1 million comparative genomics grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study sexual selection and sexual conflict in pipefish and seahorses over the next four years. He aims to better understand the under-studied relationship between sexual selection and genomes.

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A New Vision for Variety Testing

Three University of Idaho experts are working to convey the importance of the unseen world of agriculture with a seemingly innocuous project—a database to store crop variety testing information.

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BCB Alumni Feature: Pavitra Roychoudhury

Pavitra Roychoudhury has been around the world for her education and career. Her path has run from India, Nigeria, Ghana, and Singapore to Idaho and Washington state, where she currently resides. A graduate of the University of Idaho’s Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program, she is using her training and experience to help answer questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) through genomic sequencing.

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Bacterial Evolution in Biofilm

There are projections that by 2050, there could be more people dying from antibiotic resistant bacteria than from cancer. Read about Thibault Stalder's paper that addresses this crisis.

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