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Grad student Sarah Hilton among 200 chosen worldwide to attend 2018 Heidelberg Laureate Forum

Annual meeting of the minds exposes Hutch trainee to the diversity of math and computer science

Oct. 12, 2018 | By Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

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Understanding HIV’s evolutionary past — and future

Studies of how the virus evolved and how it might change down the road could help researchers develop vaccines or cures for the infection

Nov. 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

At approximately 100 years old, HIV is a relatively recent arrival on the human virus scene. But its roots stretch back much farther. Understanding where the virus has come from can help us understand where it’s going — and how to stop it — say evolutionary biologists.

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'Wtf'? A gene that poisons its own host

Discovery of genes that divide two species in a simple fungus sheds light on complex evolutionary principles

June 20, 2017 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

In a new study, researchers describe a family of genes called "wtf" — and how they don't behave in the way you might expect.

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Of mutant flies, tangled sperm and the 'Mother's Curse'

Study in fruit flies identifies a mutation in mitochondria — the energy factories of our cells — that harms males but not females

Aug. 2, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

For the first time, evolutionary biologists at Fred Hutch have identified a "Mother's Curse" mutation - a genetic change harmful to males but not females - in animals. The mutation renders male fruit flies sterile but leaves female flies untouched.

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Why fish school

Study uncovers genetic link to social behavior in stickleback fish

June 17, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

A new study uncovers a genetic link to social behavior in stickleback fish.

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The plastic fantastic brain: Why losing one sense rewires others

Study finds worms that can’t feel are better smellers — and the phenomenon is reversible

Jan. 19, 2016 | By Dr. Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

There’s a quirky phenomenon where people who lose one sense can gain near-super abilities in another. Now, a new study has found this sensory juggling also occurs in very simple animals and that the phenomenon is reversible.

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