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March 1, 2017

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March 1, 2017

How Protein Misfolding May Kickstart Chemical Evolution

Feb. 27, 2017 — Researchers have demonstrated a connection between abnormal protein folding and the potential to kickstart chemical ... read more

Europeans Brought New Strains of Ulcer-Causing Bacterium to Pre-Columbian Americas

Feb. 23, 2017 — A genomic study of a harmful stomach bacterium finds that foreign strains intermingled with and replaced local strains after the arrival of Europeans and African slaves across the ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — A recently discovered fossil of a giant penguin with a body length of around 150 centimeters has been described in a new article. The new find dates back to the Paleocene era and, with an age of ... read more

Feb. 23, 2017 — Although stingless bees do not have a sting to fend off enemies, they are nonetheless able to defend their hives against attacks. Only four years ago it was discovered that a Brazilian bee species, ... read more

Feb. 22, 2017 — Scientists studying the 'living fossil' Sphenodon -- or tuatara -- have identified a new way to measure the evolutionary rate of these enigmatic creatures, giving credence to Darwin's ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — They build among the tallest non-human structures (proportionately speaking) in the world and now a pioneering study has found the termites that live in Australia's remote Top End originated ... read more

Microbe, Virus Co-Evolution: Model of CRISPR, Phage Co-Evolution Explains Confusing Experimental Results

Feb. 21, 2017 — A new study suggests that researchers planning to use the CRISPR genome-editing system to produce designer gut bacteria may need to account for the dynamic evolution of the microbial immune ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — A previously undiscovered species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws has been identified by an international team of ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a key gene that influences genetic recombination during sexual reproduction in wild plant populations. Adding extra copies of this gene resulted in a massive boost to ... read more

Feb. 21, 2017 — The chromosome responsible for the social organization of colonies of the highly invasive fire ant is likely to have evolved via a single event rather than over time, scientists have ... read more

'Tully Monster' Mystery Is Far from Solved, Group Argues

Feb. 20, 2017 — Last year, news headlines declared that a decades-old paleontological mystery had been solved. The 'Tully monster,' an ancient animal that had long defied classification, was in fact a ... read more

Speciation Is Not All About Good Looks: For Stick Insects, the Right Partner Should Smell Good Too

Feb. 17, 2017 — An attractive scent is just as important as good looks when it comes to choosing a mate -- at least among stick insect ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — The community of microorganisms that resides in the gut, known as the microbiome, has been shown to work in tandem with the genes of a host organism to regulate insulin secretion, a key variable in ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — New research provides compelling evidence that a group of strange-looking fish living near the mouth of the Congo River are evolving due to the intense hydraulics of the river's rapids and deep ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Triggered by mutilation, expression of select genes determines social castes in Diacamma ants, outlines a new ... read more

Feb. 17, 2017 — Roads are causing rapid evolutionary change in wild populations of plants and animals according to a new paper. The study looks at the evolutionary changes that are being caused by the way roads ... read more

Biodiversity Can Promote Ecosystem Efficiency

Feb. 16, 2017 — Humans influence evolution. In the case of whitefish in Swiss lakes, one consequence of this is replacement of a diversity of specialized species by fewer generalists. A recent analysis now suggests ... read more

Feb. 16, 2017 — Hidden in the development of opossums is one possible version of the evolutionary path that led from the simple ears of reptiles to the more elaborative and sensitive structures of mammals, including ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — A small crocodyliform dinosaur may be a new ... read more

Feb. 15, 2017 — Walking on our heels, a feature that separates great apes, including humans, from other primates, confers advantages in fighting, according to a new study. Although moving from the balls of the feet ... read more

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