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The sixth samurai: Finding a gene that divides one species from another

How six male flies — among more than 300,000 females — led to the discovery of an evolution-driving gene

Dec. 17, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Researchers at Fred Hutch and the University of Utah have discovered a gene that divides one species of fruit fly from another, solving a century-old evolutionary riddle.

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HIV’s unusual family tree

How the virus leapt from monkeys to chimps to humans, and why it doesn’t happen more often

Sept. 25, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study on the evolutionary biology of HIV, simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) and chimp genes by Fred Hutch virologist Dr. Michael Emerman sheds light on how a critical immune blockade may have been breached, just once, to allow the HIV precursor to leap from monkeys to chimps.

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Fantastic failures: Scientific setbacks can fuel big gains

Whether solving the mysteries of outer space or cancer cells, many major advances followed messy moments

Aug. 18, 2015 | By Bill Briggs / Fred Hutch News Service

The dirty dance of a fruitful lab investigation often goes this way: One step back, two steps forward. Numerous scientific leaps, in fact, looked for a time like basic blunders or even full flops - from Einstein to Pauling.

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Q&A: How evolutionary biologists got lucky with a sperm discovery

Drs. Harmit Malik and Mia Levine on a male fruit fly protein necessary for embryo survival

July 7, 2015 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Gestation has traditionally been viewed as the mother’s domain, with dad doing little more than depositing his half of the genome. Now, a new study in fruit flies pinpoints a protein in sperm that regulates embryos’ earliest cell divisions.

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Basic Sciences’ Patel wins Whitney fellowship

Malik Lab researcher studies evolution’s effect on mitochondrial function

March 15, 2010

Dr. Maulik Patel, a postdoctoral researcher in the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Basic Sciences Division’s Malik Lab, has been awarded a prestigious Helen Hay Whitney Foundation Research Fellowship. He joins 20 other young researchers nationwide in receiving the three-year award.

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Malik receives Vilcek Prize

Basic Sciences Division evolutionary biologist honored for creative promise in biomedical science

March 15, 2010 | By Kristen Woodward

Dr. Harmit Malik, an evolutionary biologist in the Basic Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, has received the 2010 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science. The honor, which carries a $25,000 prize, recognizes his research on the co-evolution of humans and diseases

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