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Melding Mammals and Molecules to Track Evolution

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Science  11 Sep 2009:
Vol. 325, Issue 5946, pp. 1332
DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1332

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Harvard University evolutionary biologist Hopi Hoekstra's first college summer job—as a tick target for researchers assessing where and when hikers were most susceptible to attacks by Lyme disease–transmitting ticks—made her itch for more fieldwork and, eventually, a life as a biologist. Although she considers herself to be a molecular biologist, her research on adaptation in beach mice shows her to also be comfortable working with whole organisms, something few other researchers are able to do as well.