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Biological Sciences News

Fertility field of research

Wright State research project designed to identify genes that broaden the knowledge of reproduction and offer promise for breakthroughs in infertility got a big push forward from students.
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Picture of health

Wright State biology graduate Julie Bonsall '12 leads a pioneering wellness program at the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority.
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BioLogue: Departmental Newsletter

Gawande, Sacks and McPhee…Oh My!
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For some reason, I had a hard time settling on a topic for this semester’s BioLogue essay. I started out writing about the nature of facts and theories in science. This seemed particularly appropriate in light of all the conversation these days about climate change (think about it: why should the question of whether climate is changing, not to mention the reasons for that change, be an issue that divides along political lines?). But I wasn’t thrilled with my essay. And then I read an article about Dr. Matthew Meselson’s experiments with rotifers (are you familiar with these little aquatic invertebrates?). In part, I was amazed to learn that Dr. Meselson still has an active lab. Perhaps you know his most famous experiment:  in 1958, in what has been described as “the most beautiful experiment in biology,” Meselson and Stahl demonstrated the semi-conservative mechanism of DNA replication (  That was nearly 60 years ago, and he’s still going strong! And in part I was intrigued by Meselson’s recent findings that rotifers do, in fact, have sex (see Nobody had previously been able to demonstrate this, yet rotifers have a surprisingly long evolutionary history for an apparently asexual organism.  Continued, click on BioLogue icon......