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Why do salamanders have junk DNA? CSU’s Rachel Mueller wants to know

Rachel Mueller, a professor in the Department of Biology at CSU, studies salamanders and their cellular makeup. She’s found an interesting quirk in these species’ evolutionary histories – they’re full of “junk” DNA. 

CSU study finds disease-carrying tick populations expanding into Colorado

The study, funded by Bay Area Lyme Foundation, showed that American dog ticks are present in 16 counties in Colorado where they were not previously identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biologists unveil clues to evolutionary origins of brown-colored algae for health, biofuels research

Brown algae are brown because they have evolved a special set of pigments that absorb even more light for photosynthesis than green plants and green algae do.

CSU offers new clues to how plants retain healthy genomes, avoid mitochondrial disease

A new study sheds light on how plants, however rarely, experience mutations in their mitochondrial genomes. Unlike humans, plants are able to quickly fix these mutations and not pass them on to their progeny.