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(2024-06-13) - ThesisCRISPR-Cas systems offer prokaryotes an adaptive defence mechanism, allowing them to respond to the invading nucleic acids. Type III CRISPR systems feature the capacity of synthesising cyclic oligoadenylate (cOA) species, ...
(2024-06-12) - ThesisIn this thesis I explore our current view of sexual selection, with a focus on the insect sub-order Heteroptera and the role of ecology. I first review sexual selection in the Heteroptera across two chapters, presenting ...
(2024-06-12) - ThesisTrypanosoma brucei is a vector borne protozoan parasite of the class kinetoplastida and is the causative agent of human African trypanosomiasis (HAT), a neglected tropical disease of sub-Saharan Africa that is fatal if ...
Quantifying costs and rewards in optimal foraging models of the marine environment. Using bulk feeding mysticete whales as an example (University of St Andrews, 2021-06-30) - ThesisAnimals feed to maintain body condition and maximise fitness. Feeding is a multi-stage behaviour that encapsulates aspects of an animals' sensory and foraging ecology, and that can be divided into the following broad ...
(2024-06-12) - ThesisAbstract redacted