We were delighted to learn that an image of Hydractinia was selected for the cover of iScience in August. This highlights our recent paper in which we reconstructed the evolutionary history of a set of Alr2 alleles to determine how new binding specificities evolve in allorecognition proteins.
Our second Pitt Mobile Science Lab tailgate program was a success! This year's program focused on animal diversity, with Hydractinia as an example of a type of organism that most people probably don't immediately think of when asked to think of an animal. More than 180 football fans ranging from 3 to 80 years old (Note: we only verified the younger limit) came onto the truck to learn what makes Hydractinia an animal. They fed live colonies, observed different stages of their life cycle, touched them to see how they would respond to different stimuli.
Can't wait for next year!