Tarás Oleksyk

New details of Puerto Rican genetics

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A recent study, published in PLoS Genetics by a team that included scientists from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez, use genetic analyses to trace the ancestry of modern day Puerto Ricans.

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Plan to save the Puerto Rican parrot

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Scientists at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez turned to crowdfunding to finance the sequencing of the Puerto Rican parrot's genome.


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The Puerto Rican Parrot Genome Project: A Community Effort

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Puerto Rican parrot eating a fruit
Amazona vittata. Courtesy of Omar Monsegur - USFWS Endangered Species

Day by day, scientists face great challenges in carrying out their research. Traditionally, in order to fund their projects, scientists write research proposals to government agencies, where they are evaluated by other colleagues. The challenge is even greater for early career scientists, as they must compete with established scientists with vast experience. The picture is less encouraging if we consider that the budget problems threaten the "sequestration" of funds for science and technology.

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