Thursday, May 26, 2011


Computational Design of Virus-Like Protein

"we describe a computational approach whereby the surface properties and symmetry of a targeted surface define the sequence and superstructure of surface-organizing peptides. " Full article @ Scence

Wednesday, May 25, 2011


A Lesson of Genealogy - Looks Can Be Deceiving

"The surprising stories of king crab and squat lobster evolution from hermit crab ancestors are examples of a frequent lesson in the era of DNA-based genealogy — looks can be deceiving. Very dissimilar forms can evolve from a given type of ancestor, and similar-appearing forms can evolve entirely independently from unrelated ancestors."

Thursday, May 12, 2011


Even Robots Can Be Heroes

"Evolutionary biologists have struggled to explain self-sacrificing behavior, which seems to defy survival of the fittest. Simulations of “evolving” robots have now confirmed an explanation posed by biologist W. D. Hamilton in the 1960s: We tend to help those who are more closely related to us because they can pass on more of our genes." Full news piece @ Science. Also see full article:

Waibel M, Floreano D, Keller L, [2011]. "A Quantitative Test of Hamilton's Rule for the Evolution of Altruism". PLoS Biol 9(5): e1000615. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000615

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