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Milton Tan
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Fish Genomes of 2016 in Review
Src: NHGRI, https://www.flickr.com/photos/genomegov/26454931213 Biology has been booming with rapid advances in DNA sequencing, and now scientists are able to rapidly map out genomes for more and more species. Genes are the basis of many traits, and so sequ...

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Greedo's Catfish (and more on 3 new species of Peckoltia)
Three new species of armored suckermouth catfish (family Loricariidae), also known as plecos, have been recently described by my advisor Jon Armbruster, David Werneke, and myself! We also reclassified many of the related species, which is based on findings ...

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New Species off the Shelf
When someone discovers a species new to science, the species gets to be named! Exciting, right? Species get named through a formal process called species description. In a species description, the scientist has to describe how the new species looks and how ...

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Thoughts on Smuggled Piranhas
Red-belly piranhas at the Muséum Liège (Belgium) ( photo by Luc Viatour ) Piranhas were smuggled into New York City  by an importer called Transship Aquatics. The owner of the company Joel Rakower smuggled almost 40,000 piranhas in 2011 and 2012 from a Hong...

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The PhD-Faculty Gap
Source : Nature Biotechnology. The figure caption said the following: "Since 1982, almost 800,000 PhDs were awarded in science and engineering (S&E) fields, whereas only about 100,000 academic faculty positions were created in those fields within the same t...

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A new paper came out recently in Scientific Reports on these beautiful nesting structures male pufferfish build to attract mates!

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