Full Name* Share via Shortlink Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* CBRE’s Amira Yunis, Anthony Stanford, Henry Rossignol and Elliot Ferris facilitated the negotiations for the transaction, representing both the tenant and landlord Tamares Real Estate. The building’s other retail tenants include Starbucks and Citizen Watch.Fast-food restaurants have done well in the pandemic. They paid 92 percent of their rent in the month of January, according to a report by Datex Property Solutions.Contact Sasha Jones 1500 Broadway, Jollibee (iStock, Google Maps)Jollibee is betting on Times Square.The popular Filipino fast-food chain has inked a lease to open a 7,127-square-foot flagship at 1500 Broadway, between West 43rd and West 44th streets. The space includes 3,127 square feet of ground floor retail space as well as 4,000 square feet on the lower level.Jollibee has more than 1,300 locations worldwide, but just two other New York City locations, at 6229 Roosevelt Avenue in Woodside and 609 Eighth Avenue in Midtown. When the original Manhattan location opened in 2018, fans of the brand waited in hours-long lines to sample its popular Chickenjoy — a dish of fried chicken with rice and gravy.Read moreFormer investor in 1500 Broadway says billionaire owner hoodwinked him into selling stakeUnder Armour to sublease planned Fifth Avenue flagshipHere are Manhattan’s priciest retail leases of 2020 Email Address* CBRECommercial Real EstateNYC RestaurantsRetail Real Estate
A landmark effort to sequence the genome of a South American butterfly has revealed the key behind its ability to mimic other butterflies.A first for science, the genome sequencing work is the product of an international group of researchers, dubbed the Heliconius Genome Consortium, who examined the genome of the Postman butterfly (Heliconius melpomene), a well-known species that lives in the Peruvian Amazon. Using that data as a guide, they then examined the genetic makeup of two other closely related butterfly species – Heliconius timareta and Heliconius elevatus.The three species were selected for the study because they share similar color patterns on their wings as a way to ward off predators.The consortium’s surprising finding, as described in a paper published May 16 in Nature, is that the species look similar because they share the parts of their DNA that deal with color patterns.“Heliconius butterflies exhibit an extraordinary amount of color-pattern mimicry between the species, and with species in other groups,” said Jim Mallet, distinguished lecturer on organismic and evolutionary biology and associate of the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology. “We have found that species share the parts of the genome that code for color pattern loci, with a major impact on the survival of these butterflies in the wild.”The genetic sharing among species, researchers believe, is the result of hybridization. Considered extremely rare, particularly in animals, hybridization occurs when two different species interbreed in the wild.The resulting hybrid offspring share traits with both mother and father. Though often considered evolutionary dead-ends, hybrids occasionally interbreed with a parent species, in the process introducing new genes that can help populations adapt to new or changing environments.“What we show is that one butterfly species can gain its protective color pattern genes ready-made from a different species by hybridizing [or interbreeding] with it — a much faster process than having to evolve one’s color patterns from scratch,” said Kanchon Dasmahapatra, a postdoctoral researcher at the University College London’s Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, and a co-author of the paper.“This project really changes how we think about adaptation in general,” said Marcus Kronforst, a Bauer Fellow at Harvard, who participated in the sequencing. “Evolutionary biologists often wonder whether different species use the same genes to generate similar traits, like the mimetic wing patterns of Heliconius butterflies. This study shows us that sometimes different species not only use the same genes, but the exact same stretches of DNA, which they pass around by hybridization.”A total of 80 researchers in 32 research universities and institutions from eight countries worked on the genome project, while a subset of nine laboratories funded the sequencing of the 290 million DNA bases using high-throughput technologies, allowing the work to proceed without major dedicated grant funding.Sequencing work for the consortium was carried out at the Baylor College of Medicine, which performed the main reference sequence, and at the University of Edinburgh, GenePool, where the resequencing was performed.
OUR CORRESPONDENTITANAGAR: Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy in Arunachal Pradesh has been named as one of the first eight Khelo India State Centre of Excellence (KISCE) under Sports Authority of India’s flagship talent identification and nurturing programme, Khelo India. The academy would be upgraded with a total budget of 11 cores in four years, to scale it up into a centre of excellence, an official communiqué informed here on Wednesday. The support would be in the form of infrastructure upgradation, setting up of sports science centre and also soft component in the form of quality coaches and sports science human resources physiotherapists, strength and conditioning expert. High quality equipments would also be provided to the players and the academy would also have a high performance manager to ensure quality sports science input and performance management system, the communiqué said. The Sports Ministry is upgrading existing sporting infrastructure in each state and Union Territory in partnership with the state government and creating KISCEs with the aim to create a robust sporting ecosystem in the entire country. Each KISCE would be extended sports-specific support in 14 Olympic sport of which one state or UT would be given support for a maximum of 3 sports, the communiqué said. In the first leg, eight KISCEs have been identified, including the one in Arunachal Pradesh. The other KISCEs would be set up in Mizoram, Telengana, Manipur, Nagaland, Odhisha, Karnataka and Kerala. Speaking about the decision to set up the KISCEs, Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijiju said, “These Center of Excellence are yet another step towards building a robust sports ecosystem and India’s pursuit of excellence in Olympics.” “These state-of-the-art centres will ensure that athletes proficient in a certain sport can be given the highest level of training and these centers become the best facilities in the country to train athletes in the priority sport for which they have been earmarked. I am confident this step will help to further India’s effort of becoming one of the top 10 countries in the Olympics in 2028.” The setting up of the KISCE will also help to broad-base talent identification, since the states and UTs will also identify and develop talent in each sport for which funding is received. Also Watch: Cyclist Dies in Road Accident