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  • Garden management in ancient subsistence farmers

    2016.08.23

    Ant fungus farming arose soon after the dinosaurs went extinct, but the farmers struggled with poorly domesticated crops that prioritized their own reproduction rather than being eaten. A new study by University of Copenhagen biologists explains why this conflict was unavoidable and took the ants 30 million years to resolve. »

  • Greenland sharks live for hundreds of years

    2016.08.11

    While the more than 5 meter long Greenland shark is one of the world's largest sharks, it is also one of the least understood animals on our planet. The Greenland shark's general biology and way of life have been a mystery to biologists for many years. However, marine biologists at the University of Copenhagen have now deployed an epoch-making method to unveil one of the greatest of the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic shark - and have come to an amazing revelation: with a life expectancy of at least 272 years, the Greenland shark has the longest life expectancy of all vertebrate animals known to science. »

  • Principles for the generation of complex gene architectures

    2016.07.25

    Intense investigation across the past 10-15 years has revealed that the human genome is transcribed in a manner that is much more complicated that previously appreciated. A collaboration between the Heick Jensen and Sandelin groups at Aarhus University and Copenhagen University now reveals some underlying principles leading to such promiscuous genome activity. »

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