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Communications officer at the Ecological Society of America
Unanimous decision against BRCA breast cancer susceptibility gene patents in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc.
Plus: a movie about BRCA1 discoverer Mary-Claire King.... Read more »
Hall, J., Lee, M., Newman, B., Morrow, J., Anderson, L., Huey, B., & King, M. (1990) Linkage of early-onset familial breast cancer to chromosome 17q21. Science, 250(4988), 1684-1689. DOI: 10.1126/science.2270482
Miki, Y., Swensen, J., Shattuck-Eidens, D., Futreal, P., Harshman, K., Tavtigian, S., Liu, Q., Cochran, C., Bennett, L., Ding, W.... (1994) A strong candidate for the breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene BRCA1. Science, 266(5182), 66-71. DOI: 10.1126/science.7545954
Wooster, R., Neuhausen, S., Mangion, J., Quirk, Y., Ford, D., Collins, N., Nguyen, K., Seal, S., Tran, T., Averill, D.... (1994) Localization of a breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA2, to chromosome 13q12-13. Science, 265(5181), 2088-2090. DOI: 10.1126/science.8091231
Saving forests from drought as the climate warms.... Read more »
Grant, G., Tague, C., & Allen, C. (2013) Watering the forest for the trees: an emerging priority for managing water in forest landscapes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1890/120209
As consumers, we like to hear that produce growers and distributers go above and beyond food safety mandates to ensure that healthy fresh fruits and vegetables do not carry bacteria or viruses that can make us sick. But in California’s Salinas Valley, some more vigorous interventions are cutting into the last corners of wildlife habitat, without evidence of food safety benefits, creating tensions between wildlife preservation and food safety where none need exist.... Read more »
Sasha Gennet, Jeanette Howard, Jeff Langholz, Kathryn Andrews, Mark D Reynolds, & Scott A Morrison. (2013) Farm practices for food safety: an emerging threat to floodplain and riparian ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, e-View ahead of print(May 6th). info:/10.1890/1202443
On big rivers like the Mississippi, the infrastructure of modern civilization – dams, locks, dikes, power plants, cities – has made life easier for people, but harder for fish and other denizens of the river. Restoration is a tricky problem. Economic reliance on these big rivers makes fundamental reversals like dam removals unlikely.... Read more »
Pracheil, B., McIntyre, P., & Lyons, J. (2013) Enhancing conservation of large-river biodiversity by accounting for tributaries. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11(3), 124-128. DOI: 10.1890/120179
What will climate change mean for the forests of southcentral Alaska? A podcast interview with NPS ecologist Carl Roland.... Read more »
Roland, C., Schmidt, J., & Nicklen, E. (2013) Landscape-scale patterns in tree occupancy and abundance in subarctic Alaska. Ecological Monographs, 83(01), 19-48. DOI: 10.1890/11-2136.1
Weighing the social and ecological costs and benefits of plastic vegetable greenhouses over conventional vegetable production.... Read more »
Chang, J., Wu, X., Wang, Y., Meyerson, L., Gu, B., Min, Y., Xue, H., Peng, C., & Ge, Y. (2013) Does growing vegetables in plastic greenhouses enhance regional ecosystem services beyond the food supply?. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 11(1), 43-49. DOI: 10.1890/100223
Contemporary recreational fishing has intersected with the dormant effects of an old Works Progress Administration mosquito control project and hastened marsh die-off through the relentless chewing of the purple marsh crab.... Read more »
Coverdale, T., Herrmann, N., Altieri, A., & Bertness, M. (2013) Latent impacts: the role of historical human activity in coastal habitat loss. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 2147483647. DOI: 10.1890/120130
Big fish, little fish, hump-shaped foraging curves, and the landscape of fear.... Read more »
Pangle, K., Malinich, T., Bunnell, D., DeVries, D., & Ludsin, S. (2012) Context-dependent planktivory: interacting effects of turbidity and predation risk on adaptive foraging. Ecosphere, 3(12). DOI: 10.1890/ES12-00224.1
In this guest post, Vicky Meretsky, associate professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, propose a national conservation-support program to help knit together state level efforts and larger federal programs and prevent species from falling through the gaps.... Read more »
Vicky J. Meretsky, Lynn A. Maguire, Frank W. Davis, DavId M. Stoms, J. Michael Scott, Dennis Figg, Dale D. Goble, Brad Griffith, Scott E. Henke, Jacqueline Vaughn.... (2012) A State-Based National Network for Effective Wildlife Conservation. BioScience, 62(11), 970-976. DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.11.6
Josh Miller is one among a small cadre of ecologists looking at living ecosystems through the relics of their dead.... Read more »
Miller, J. (2012) Spatial fidelity of skeletal remains: elk wintering and calving grounds revealed by bones on the Yellowstone landscape. Ecology, 93(11), 2474-2482. DOI: 10.1890/12-0272.1
A Colombian coal mine opens a treasure chest of fossils.... Read more »
Cadena, E., Ksepka, D., Jaramillo, C., & Bloch, J. (2012) New pelomedusoid turtles from the late Palaeocene Cerrejón Formation of Colombia and their implications for phylogeny and body size evolution. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 10(2), 313-331. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2011.569031
On the market for scientific jobs, male applicants enjoy a substantial advantage, say Yale University researchers.... Read more »
Moss-Racusin CA, Dovidio JF, Brescoll VL, Graham MJ, & Handelsman J. (2012) Science faculty's subtle gender biases favor male students. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. PMID: 22988126
Are exotic pythons devastating Florida’s Everglades National Park? A waxing population of Burmese pythons has suspiciously paralleled waning sightings of native critters in Florida’s Everglades, says a paper out this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Following on the tail of an announcement two weeks ago (Jan 17th) that the U.S. will ban imports and interstate sales of the exotic python and three other large constrictor snakes, the story has been attracting........ Read more »
Dorcas, M., Willson, J., Reed, R., Snow, R., Rochford, M., Miller, M., Meshaka, W., Andreadis, P., Mazzotti, F., Romagosa, C.... (2012) Severe mammal declines coincide with proliferation of invasive Burmese pythons in Everglades National Park. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1115226109
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