Dr. Mullen's research featured in BU Today

03/07/2011

Dr. Sean Mullen's research on the genetic basis of coloration in butterfly wings. has been featured in the BU Today article, "The Secrets of Butterfly Wings."  Dr. Mullen, along with Harvard University evolutionary biologist Marcus Kronforst, were awarded a $980,000 grant from the National Science Foundation in November 2010 to unlock the genetic mysteries of diversity.  While focusing on why one species of butterfly evolved to have a similar apprearance as a poisonous one, their research can have far reaching implications in the understanding of larger issues such as the process of natural selection and genetic disease.

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly

Red-spotted Purple Butterfly