Group 11: Reproductive Success and Telomeres of Barn Swallows

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Group15: Interacting amino acid replacements allow poison frogs to evolve epibatidine resistance


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Rebecca D. Tarvin, Cecilia M. Borghese, Wiebke Sachs, Juan C. Santos, Ying Lu, Lauren A. O’Connell, David C. Cannatella, R. Adron Harris,  Harold H. Zakon. 2017. Interacting amino acid replacements allow poison frogs to evolve epibatidine resistance. Science Volume 357 (Issue 6357): 1261-1266. DOI: 10.1126

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Group 28: A single mutations in the prM protein of Zika virus contributes to fetal microcephaly


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Group 21: Competitiveness of Genetically Modified Mosquitoes


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Group 10: Telomere length is reflected by plumage coloration and predicts seasonal reproductive success for the barn swallow

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Group 2: Male genital titillators and the intensity of post-copulatory sexual selection across bushcrickets

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Group 13: Poison Frog Mutations Allow for Decreased Toxin Sensitivity

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Group 19: Genomic Signature of an Avian Lilliput Effect across the K-Pg Extinction


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Group 34: Cell Metabolism: A Predictive Model for Selective Targeting of the Warburg Effect

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Group 37: Surveying the sequence diversity of model prebiotic peptides by mass spctrometry

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