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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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CAS Team Solves Riddle of Turtle’s Origin

May 22nd, 2012

Researchers at Boston University’s College of Arts & Sciences have uncovered the story of the turtle’s evolutionary origins.

The team compared the genome of turtles to that of different species to solve one of the last unanswered questions in vertebrate evolution: whether the turtle is a closer relative to crocodiles and birds than it is to lizards and snakes.

Their research, published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters, shows turtles to be closer relatives to the former, contradicting previous anatomical and paleontological studies. CAS Researcher Nick Crawford, lead author of the research, used computational analysis to examine regions of the different animals’ genomes.

Read the full article in Elements.

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