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July 8, 2015

July 7, 2015 — The error-free distribution of genetic material during cell division is important for preventing the development of tumor cells. Researchers have uncovered a new important function of the human ... read more

Understanding Why Animals Are Healthy Offers Path to Precision Medicine

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have identified a mechanism that explains why some mutations can be disease-causing in one genome but benign in another. The researchers compared thousands of human disease-causing ... read more

June 23, 2015 — A months-long literature search that involved tracking down century-old scientific papers and translating others from Czech and French helped an ecologist answer a question she'd wondered about ... read more

June 23, 2015 — The evolution of birds on the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin's theory of evolution, is a two-speed process. Most bird species are still diversifying, while the famous Darwin's ... read more

June 22, 2015 — In 1964, renowned biologists Peter Raven and Paul Erhlich published a landmark study that introduced the concept of co-evolution. Now, an international team of researchers has used genomics to ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A discovery made during an analysis of a species of mistletoe whose apparent ability to survive without key genes involved in energy production could make it one of the most unusual plants on ... read more

Bass Use Body's Swimming Muscles to Suck in Food

June 22, 2015 — Bass are strong swimmers but they can't capture prey without also exerting a powerful suction into their mouths. A new study shows that the power to form that vacuum comes from the very same ... read more

June 22, 2015 — A thorough research on nearly 400 Madagascan subsocial spider colonies adds to the unique biodiversity and endemism on the exotic island. Not only did the scientists find as many as ten new cobweb ... read more

June 18, 2015 — The line between bird species is sometimes blurry, with related species interbreeding where their ranges overlap to create populations of hybrid offspring. A new study shows that in the Saltmarsh ... read more

June 17, 2015 — Being the daddy isn't important for male gorillas when it comes to their relationships with the kids; it's their rank in the group that makes the difference, says new research. Researchers ... read more

June 16, 2015 — The cooperative or integrative aspects of insect colonies, such as information sharing among colony mates, can reduce the need for individual cognition in these societies, a new study suggests. ... read more

Next-Generation Sampling: Pairing Genomics With Large-Scale Herbarium Sampling

June 16, 2015 — Rapid advances in sequencing technology are expanding our understanding of biodiversity and evolution in complex plant groups, but access to samples remains a problem. Herbarium material provides a ... read more

June 16, 2015 — Male tree crickets may be a hunk of burning love when they're belting out their different mating songs, but they're all burning the same amount of calories no matter how they do it, a study ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A study has revealed the importance of single males in small, threatened populations. Results from a study of endangered New Zealand hihi birds shows that bachelor males who don't hold breeding ... read more

June 16, 2015 — A more tailored approach to ocean management is required in the North Atlantic if the permanent loss of an increasingly valuable commercial fish stock is to be avoided, reveals new ... read more

June 16, 2015 — First evidence for a species difference in the innate predisposition for tool use in our closest evolutionary cousins could provide insight into how humans became the ultimate tool-using ... read more

June 15, 2015 — In a study that twists nature's arm to gain clues into the varied functions of the bacterial genome, researchers utilize a precision scalpel to excise target genomic regions that are expendable. ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Many animal species, including humans, live and breed in groups with complex social organizations. The impact of this social structure on the genetic diversity of animals has been a source of ... read more

Genetic Switch Lets Marine Diatoms Do Less Work at Higher Carbon Dioxide

June 15, 2015 — Rising carbon dioxide lets diatoms return to their evolutionary roots, by skipping steps that concentrate carbon dioxide. Over time, the drifting algae adjust by slowing down their metabolism, ... read more

June 15, 2015 — Biologists have discovered that populations of an agricultural pest that began plaguing US apple growers in the 1850s likely did so after undergoing extensive genome-wide changes in a single ... read more

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