Today, a new manuscript has been published in the Nature journal, Scientific Reports. This work was a collaboration with Jonas Andersen, Shireen Davies, and Johannes Overgaard. We show that the ability to survive at low temperatures is linked to the ability to maintain ion homeostasis, and species that have evolved to tolerate low temperatures do so, in part, because their renal system functions more effectively in the cold. This is an important step forward, and I am very proud of the work we present in this paper. I'm also extremely thankful to Jonas for his many hours of dissecting out Malpighian tubules from 1 mg flies, which is not easy!

Check out a press release from York University here, which links directly to the open access article. 

AuthorHeath MacMillan