Texas A&M Researcher Discovers Why Darwin’s Finches Have Different Beak Colors

Dr. Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and Uppsala University, and researchers from Uppsala and Princeton universities have uncovered the genetic basis for the yellow beak color of some Darwin’s finch nestlings. Several species of Darwin’s finch nestlings have a beak color that is either […]

CVMBS Genomic Research Supports Sustainable Harvesting Of Atlantic Herring

An international team of researchers including Dr. Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), and Minal Jamsandekar, a Ph.D. student in the CVMBS Biomedical Sciences program, have used whole genome sequencing to document 53 herring populations from the Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea. These data […]

Study On Rabbit Brain Reveals Genetic Markers Of Domestication

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), has found changes in gene expression patterns across the brain between wild and domestic rabbits, which likely contributed to the evolution of tameness during domestication. By demonstrating that domestic animals acquired […]

Texas A&M Researcher Sheds Light On Genetic Mechanisms Of Sex Determination

An international team of researchers led by Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), has been able to reconstruct the origins of the male sex chromosome in the Atlantic herring, determining that the male-specific region of this genetic storehouse contains only three genes: a sex-determining factor […]

A Wonder-Full Life: Dr. Leif Andersson

As a pioneer of domestic animal genetics, Dr. Leif Andersson is driven by a fascination in the things he can’t explain. The world of genetics might at first seem to be far removed from our daily lives, conjuring images of glass test tubes and sterile gloves contained within a laboratory. However, Dr. Leif Andersson, a […]

CVM Researcher Finds Chickens, Pigeons Share Mutation For Feathered Feet

A team of researchers including Dr. Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), has found that parallel evolution between domesticated chickens and pigeons has resulted in regulatory mutations in the same genes that govern foot feathering in both species. Poultry geneticists have long studied the inheritance […]

Texas A&M, Uppsala Study Uncovers How Herring Adapted To Baltic Sea Light Environment

The evolutionary process that occurs when a species colonizes a new environment provides an opportunity to explore the mechanisms underlying genetic adaptation, which is essential knowledge for understanding evolution and the maintenance of biodiversity. An international team of scientists led by researchers from Texas A&M University and Uppsala University reports that a single amino acid […]

Researchers Observe Striking Differences Between Brains of Wild, Domesticated Rabbits

The most characteristic feature of domestic animals is their tame behavior. Using high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the team—led by Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) professor Leif Andersson—has found that domesticated rabbits’ amygdala and medial prefrontal cortex, those regions of the brain involved in fear processing, have been particularly effected. […]

Texas A&M Study Offers New Virus-Host Protein Insight, New Possibilities for Antiviral Development

Viruses have a very limited set of genes and, therefore, must use the cellular machineries of their hosts for most parts of their growth. In a new study, scientists at Texas A&M and Uppsala universities have discovered a specific host protein that many viruses use for their transport within the cell. The human gene, ZC3H11A, […]

Andersson Receives Uppsala University’s Most Prestigious Award

Texas A&M University and Uppsala University professor Leif Andersson has been honored with the most prestigious award given at Uppsala University, The Björkén Prize. Anderson, a visiting professor in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ (CVM) Department of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences (VIBS), was awarded the prize during Uppsala University’s Winter Conferment Ceremony […]

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