Skeletons of domestic pigeons facing each other. The left skeleton has a short beak, the right one has a long beak.

Darwin’s short-beak enigma solved

A mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak size reduction in numerous breeds of domestic pigeons. Surprisingly, mutations in ROR2 also underlie a human disorder called Robinow syndrome.

A genius in our midst: U of U Health geneticist awarded prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Elde, an evolutionary geneticist, lauded for his creativity and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.


On March 9 you can hear more about the work of the University of Utah’s own Nobel laureate, Mario Capecchi, at a pizza and politics event that is part of the “Outstanding Professor Lecture Series,” sponsored by the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics.