Rachel A. Decker

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The RET proto-oncogene encodes a transmembrane receptor with tyrosine kinase activity. Germline mutations in RET are responsible for a number of inherited diseases. These include the dominantly inherited cancer syndromes multiple endocrine neoplasia types 2A and 2B (MEN 2A and MEN 2B) and familial medullary thyroid carcinoma (FMTC), as well as some cases of(More)
Individual niche specialization (INS) is increasingly recognized as an important component of ecological and evolutionary dynamics. However, most studies that have investigated INS have focused on the effects of niche width and inter- and intraspecific competition on INS in small-bodied species for short time periods, with less attention paid to INS in(More)
Identification of germline mutations in the RET proto-oncogene predisposing to multiple endocrine neoplasia type IIa (MEN-IIa) has allowed a DNA-based approach to diagnosis and treatment by prophylactic thyroidectomy in children testing genetically positive. Although total thyroidectomy is the accepted operation for C cell disease, the necessity of routine(More)
Consistent individual behavioral differences across ecological contexts are a recognized feature of animal populations. These differences can be expressed in two ways: context-specifically or context-generally. The former is characterized by consistent responses in one context (i.e. repeatability), whereas the latter by consistency that spans contexts (i.e.(More)
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