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Department of Zoology


Department Administrator Vacancy

13 March 2019

After 15 years as Department Administrator in Zoology Julian Jacobs has decided now is the right time to move on to something new. Julian writes "In this time I have had the good fortune to work in partnership with three supportive HoDs. I treasure the atmosphere of collaboration and collegiality that characterizes Zoology...

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The magnificent glow of fly testes

4 February 2019

γ-Tubulin Ring Complex Heterogeneity Revealed by Analysis of Mozart1 Regulating the formation of new microtubules in both space and time is critical for a wide variety of cell processes and is mediated in part by the recruitment of γ-tubulin ring complexes (γ-TuRCs) to specific microtubule organising centres (MTOCs). This...

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University of Cambridge finalist in Global Solution Search contest

17 January 2019

Researchers, including our PhD Student Emma Garnett , and staff at the University of Cambridge, have been selected as top 10 finalists in a global contest designed to identify, reward, and spotlight innovative solutions for addressing climate change. This project was selected from a pool of nearly 200 entries in Solution...

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Planar Cell Polarity Explained

12 December 2018

Cells are polarised in the plane of the sheet and this shows when they make oriented structures such as cilia or hairs. The literature in this small field is so inconclusive and complex that most are put off from reading it. Dr Peter Lawrence and Dr José Casal have written a "primer" to explain the elegant and simple...

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Living fossils from the Mediterranean here in Cambridge

5 December 2018

A new paper published today in Nature reveals for the first time the genome regulatory landscape of the only extant descendant of the ancestor to all animals with a backbone, including us, Amphioxus. Amphioxus are widely considered to be the only representative of the evolutionary transition between invertebrates and...

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Mammalian Evolution, Diversity and Systematics

1 November 2018

This new volume in the Handbook of Zoology series provides up-to-date reviews of mammalian evolution, phylogenetics, and molecular biology and will be essential reading for mammalogists, zoologists and conservationists alike. The volume, edited by Frank E. Zachos, of the Natural History Museum Vienna, and our own Robert...

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Human variation in the shape of the birth canal is significant and geographically structured

24 October 2018

The human birth canal is just large enough for the newborn, making childbirth a difficult and often dangerous process. In a new paper by Lia Betti, Roehampton University, and Andrea Manica , from our department, show that there are significant differences in birth-canal shape among populations. These variations correlate...

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Top Student Award

17 October 2018

We are delighted to offer our congratulations to one of our most recent Zoology students, Andrew Catherall, who has won the Royal Society of Biology's Top Student Award. This award is given to students who have achieved the highest percentage in their undergraduate bioscience degree at their institution. One of the aims of...

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On the (mucous) trail of a coral killer

10 October 2018

Research Associate, Dr Kate Rawlinson , returned to Australian Institute of Marine Science and the National Sea Simulator facility in September to work with collaborators on the Acropora coral-eating flatworm. A notorious pest among coral hobbyists, it’s perfect camouflage against the coral tissue means that it is easily...

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Why a ‘cuckoo in the nest’ can go undetected

8 October 2018

Researchers at the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge have shed light on why some species cannot tell the difference between their own offspring and those of intruders that have been slipped into their nests. It has previously been observed that parents are often incapable of recognising genetic differences between their...

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