April 11, 2016

As it turns out, the nematode C. elegans can go to great lengths to ensure that their offspring succeed! My colleagues at L'École Normale Supériure in Paris used experimental evolution to see how worms cope with either random or predictably varying environments. The worm moms were able to evolve a strategy to provision their offspring with extra glycogen (a compound used to make cellular energy), but only when they expect that the future will require extra energy for their offspring.


October 24, 2014

Bjørn's new paper on gene expression and diversification in E. coli.

January 02, 2014

UCSB has recently been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a graduate program in the broad area of Network Sciences. This program spans several academic departments and links biology, sociology, computer sciences, and engineering. The grant has allowed us to develop new courses to train students in a truly interdisciplinary environment.