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MNF 2019 | US Sport Party

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Charlotte Degueldre

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Sardines (Stolothrissa tanganicae) from Lake Tanganyika. (Photo: Els De Keyzer)

Sardines of Lake Tanganyika Prove One And Indivisible

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Reinout Verbeke

The sardines from Lake Tanganyika (Africa) form one homogeneous group, according to a genetic study. This implies that the four countries around the lake will have to team up to maintain the overfished sardines. The fish offers food security to millions of people in Central Africa.

A wild bee of the Halictidae family (©Alain Pauly, RBINS) in front of a tiny part of its DNA sequence

Tested and Approved: Affordable Application of New DNA Sequencing Technologies

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Siska Van Parys

Scientists of our institute and the RMCA (Royal Museum for Central Africa) have successfully applied a technique enabling the collection of DNA of many specimens at a relatively cheap cost.

Some organisms - like this saltmarsh beetle - can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. (Image: RBINS)

Rapid Evolution Through Defrosted Ice Age Genes

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Reinout Verbeke

Researchers of our Institute discovered that organisms can evolve surprisingly quickly by re-using ancient gene variants that were once useful. Understanding how species manage to adapt quickly is important in times of sudden changes in climate and environment.

The fin whale on the beach of De Haan (Image: RBINS)

Fin Whale of De Haan Probably Died a Natural Death

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Kelle Moreau

The fin whale that was that beached in De Haan on 25 October probably died a natural death. This became evident from the autopsy by the universities of Ghent and Liège and the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences.

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