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Bar-headed goose
It's all about performance
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

As wildlife documentaries show, many animals undertake astonishing feats in order to survive migrate or win themselves a mate. Even when it appears effortless, these behaviours are typically supported by a whole complex of intrinsic adaptations at the genetic, cellular, physiological and behavioural level. Around the world, research is slowly picking apart how these animal athletes interact with their environment, some of which is showcased here from the SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg.

Sampling lake sediment cores for Woolly Mammoth DNA
Ancient mysteries – The world of palaeogenomics
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

“ Contrary to what many people think, it’s not all about recreating Jurassic Park!”, so said one of the opening speakers at the session Palaeogenomics and Ancient DNA at the SEB 2017 Annual Meeting in Gothenburg. Nevertheless, ancient DNA is proving to be the master key for unlocking a whole host of mysteries,including human migrations, the spread of disease, the disappearance of mammoths and the environmental effects of past climate change. Crucially, lessons from the past may even help us adapt to the rapidly changing world for the future.

3D model of a ribbon halfbeak
High-Tech Sci-Tech
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

Scientific conferences often function as showcases for the impressive new applications of technology from the frontiers of modern research. This year’s SEB Annual Meeting in Gothenburg was certainly no exception, and here are just a few of the innovative technologies and techniques that were on display.

Adam Curtis
In remembrance of Adam Curtis
Autumn 2017
01 November 2017

SEB past President, Adam SG Curtis, who has died aged 83 (3.1.1934 – 8.8.2017) was a scientist, diver, gardener, microscopist, husband, artist, ‘Querdenker’, father and friend. Coming from an artistic background, he became interested in science during a rainy holiday where a bored neighbour, at a table next to his, started educating him in chemistry.