Single genes control color, stripes in butterfly wings

Media note: Photographs of the researched butterfly wings can be downloaded at ITHACA, N.Y. – Two papers prove for the first time how single master genes – one for colors and iridescence and the other for stripe patterns – control these complex traits in butterfly wings, according to research by a team that includes […]

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes

ITHACA, N.Y. – A recently published Cornell University study describes how shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time. Before the Neolithic revolution that began around 10,000 years ago, European populations were hunter-gatherers that ate animal-based diets […]

Dad’s genes build placentas, explaining grandsire effect

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE FOR RELEASE:  Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013 Contact: Joe Schwartz Phone:  (607) 254-6235 Dad’s genes build placentas, explaining grandsire effect ITHACA, N.Y. — Placentas support the fetus and mother, but those organs grow according to blueprints from dad, according to new research at Cornell University. The study, published in the Proceedings […]