genetics

New computational tool could change how we study pathogens, FSU researchers say

A sophisticated new analysis tool developed by Florida State University scientists may signal a new era in the study of population genetics. Their model, which incorporates advanced mathematical strategies, could help revolutionize the way researchers investigate the spread and distribution of dangerous, fast-evolving disease vectors. The breakthrough research was an interdisciplinary collaboration between postdoctoral mathematician […]

Father’s nicotine exposure may cause behavioral problems in future generations of his children

While women have long been warned about the dangers of smoking during pregnancy, far less has been known about risks for offspring of men who smoke. A new Florida State University College of Medicine study in mice produced results that suggest nicotine exposure in men could lead to cognitive deficits in their children and grandchildren. […]

FSU medical researcher receives $2.2M in NIH grants to study genetic impact on behavior

Florida State University College of Medicine researcher Michelle Arbeitman is exploring the elaborate courtship displays of male fruit flies to better understand how one’s genetic makeup influences a range of complex behaviors. Arbeitman has received two grants totaling $2.2 million from the National Institutes of Health. One focuses on genes and epigenetic changes that cause […]

School quality, genetics play a role in child’s reading ability

Good genes can give a young child a head start when it comes to learning to read, but it’s not enough to overcome the effects of a poorly rated school. Those are the findings of Florida State University researchers who looked at whether schools or genetics play a greater role in influencing a child’s ability […]