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An inflammatory protein, Tommy John surgery, butterflies and more in this week’s LabBook, our weekly roundup of University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences research news from our blogs, around campus and the internet.
UChicago biologist Trevor Price and his team discover a new family of birds containing just one species living in Asia.
Alstrom P., Hooper D.M., Liu Y., Olsson U., Mohan D., Gelang M., Le Manh H., Zhao J., Lei F. & Price T.D. & (2014). Discovery of a relict lineage and monotypic family of passerine birds, Biology Letters, 10 (3) 20131067-20131067. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2013.1067
UChicago's Marcus Kronforst finds that just a single gene regulates the complex wing patterns, colors and structures for wing mimicry in butterflies.
Kunte K., Zhang W., Tenger-Trolander A., Palmer D.H., Martin A., Reed R.D., Mullen S.P. & Kronforst M.R. (2014). doublesex is a mimicry supergene, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature13112
A new study analyzing the origins of fish fins thought to be vestigial finds that they actually arose repeatedly and independently in multiple species.
Stewart T.A., Smith W.L. & Coates M.I. (2014). The origins of adipose fins: an analysis of homoplasy and the serial homology of vertebrate appendages, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 281 (1781) 20133120-20133120. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2013.3120