Marsupial brains mimic characteristics of early human brain development

Research from the University of Queensland has found that features of early human brain development are mimicked in marsupial brains. Main author Dr. Rodrigo Suarez of UQ Queensland Brain Institute and School of Biomedical Sciences, said the finding could lead to a better understanding of brain patterns linked to neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum … Read more

Genomes of modern humans shaped by mixing events

The course of human history has been marked by complex patterns of migration, isolation and admixture, the latter term referring to the flow of genes between individuals of different populations. Mixing results in mixing of genetic lineages, leading to increased genetic diversity within populations. In addition to admixture among modern human populations, ancient humans interbred … Read more

First evidence of a link between self-control and intelligence in birds

A study has found that Eurasian jays can pass a version of the “marshmallow test” – and those with the most self-control also score the best on intelligence tests. This is the first evidence of a link between self-control and intelligence in birds. Self-control – the ability to resist temptation in favor of better but … Read more

Biochemical and structural evidence demonstrates that Omicron mutations are a better fit for mouse ACE2 than human ACE2

In a recent study published in PNASthe researchers demonstrated the structural basis for how Omicron’s nested receptor-binding domain (RBD) mutations fitted to mouse angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) rather than human ACE2. Study: Structural basis of mouse receptor recognition by SARS-CoV-2 omicron variant. Image Credit: Naeblys/Shutterstock Background Speculation on the source of the concerning Omicron variant … Read more