Friday, March 6, 2015

In the News: Parts of a Whole

Fig.1. Whole specimens like these in the Oxford University Museum of Natural History are important for continued biodiversity and conservation research (Credit: net_efekt, Flickr)

With the advent of new technologies, maintaining whole specimens becomes even more important for research. Read about this, a resurgence of the plague, and how to track the rise of languages through ancient DNA for this week's #FollowFriday.

  • Collecting and curating specimens forms a “library” for the use of current and future scientists: “Libraries Of Life,” New York Times (27 February 2015)

  • The plague is not just a thing of a past, but a current health concern. Understanding the disease’s movement on land is necessary for public health efforts: “Study: Rats Pose Plague Risk In Croplands,” Voice of America (24 February 2015)

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