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Vanderbilt Evolutionary Studies Initiative

Neanderthal DNA contributes to genetic diversity, bringing more understanding to human evolution

Jul. 31, 2020—New research shows surprising effects of interbreeding between Neanderthals and ancestors of some modern humans.

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Vanderbilt develops computational method to explore evolution’s influence on preterm birth

Jul. 24, 2020—The first comprehensive study of how diverse evolutionary forces influence the leading cause of infant mortality is led by Vanderbilt researchers.

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New discovery shows infection of the lungs can be caused by hybrid fungi

Jun. 4, 2020—A team of scientists at Vanderbilt has discovered the first known instance of a hybrid fungal species causing aspergillosis, an ensemble of different types of lung infections that often impacts immune-compromised people.

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Leading evolutionary biologist Jonathan Losos to deliver 2020 Darwin Day Lecture

Feb. 10, 2020—Jonathan Losos, a world-renowned evolutionary biologist whose discoveries have shed light on how organisms diversify, will deliver the 2020 Darwin Day Lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

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