29 Sep 2020
Pteropods, or “wing-footed” sea snails and slugs, may be more resilient to acidic oceans than previously thought, scientists report. By digging into their evolutionary history, the research team...
Type: Press release
21 Apr 2020
To look at how life evolved, scientists usually turn to the fossil record, but this record is often incomplete. Researchers from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (...
Type: Press release
21 Apr 2020
Type: Photo
11 Dec 2019
“Cephalopods were the first intelligent animals on the planet.” This quote from Dr. Sydney Brenner, molecular geneticist and one of the founders of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology...
Type: Press release
11 Dec 2019
A video of Euprymna brenneri, a newly described species of bobtail squid.
Type: Video
9 Dec 2019
A photo of Euprymna brenneri, taken by Jeff Jolly, a co-author of the study.
Type: Photo
11 Jan 2019
Chaetognaths, whose name means “bristle-jaw,” can be found all over world, swimming in brackish estuaries, tropical seas and above the deep dark ocean floor. Also known as arrow worms, the creatures...
Type: Press release
21 Dec 2018
Chaetognaths, or arrow worms, have a distinct jaw structure composed of dense protein matrix and a fibrous substance called chitin. These organisms display an ambiguous set of developmental and...
Type: Photo
29 Nov 2018
Scientists once thought that humans must have two million genes to account for all our complexity. But since sequencing the human genome, we’ve learned humans only have about 19,000 to 25,000 genes...
Type: Press release
22 Nov 2018
The lancelet, or amphioxus, has a similar body plan to a vertebrate, but lacks certain specializations. By studying lancelet, researchers can learn which genetic attributes evolved with vertebrates...
Type: Photo
22 Nov 2018
These “reporter” constructs depict how different regulatory elements drive gene expression in amphioxus embryos. Nuclei throughout the embryo are stained blue, while proteins whose expression is...
Type: Photo
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