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December 11, 2018

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December 11, 2018

Dec. 5, 2018 — Scientists have advanced our understanding of how ancient animals saw the world by combining the study of fossils and ... read more

Human Actions Impact Wild Salmon's Ability to Evolve

Dec. 4, 2018 — Once spring-run chinook salmon disappear, they are not likely to re-emerge, indicates genetic analysis of the revered wild fish. Prompt conservation action could preserve spring-run chinook, as well ... read more

Dec. 4, 2018 — Lake Constance, one of the largest freshwater lakes in Europe, suffered from eutrophication, or nutrient contamination caused by agricultural and waste water run-off in the mid-1900s. A study has now ... read more

First Jellyfish Genome Reveals Ancient Beginnings of Complex Body Plan

Dec. 3, 2018 — The first in-depth look at the genome of a jellyfish -- the moon jelly Aurelia aurita -- shows that early jellyfish recycled existing genes to gain the ability to morph from polyp to ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Genetic analysis of DNA from Lonesome George and samples from other giant tortoises of the Galapagos -- which can live more than 100 years in captivity -- found they possessed a number of gene ... read more

Dec. 3, 2018 — Researchers have reported the first experimental evidence of epigenetics in the single-celled organisms known as archaea. The simplicity of archaea -- combined with the fact that their cells resemble ... read more

Nov. 30, 2018 — If discovered as fossils, grey and ringed seals are so different that they could be classified as belonging to different families. Yet, a seal pup born in 1929 was found to be an almost perfect ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — If you ever find yourself staring down a manta ray, you'll probably notice two things right away: its massive fins and the two fleshy growths curling out of its head that give it the nickname ... read more

Nov. 29, 2018 — Rivaling the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, one of the most extraordinary transformations in the history of life was the evolution of baleen -- rows of flexible hair-like plates that blue ... read more

Shape-Shifting Protein Protects Bacteria from Invaders

Nov. 29, 2018 — Researchers have discovered how bacteria manage to destroy enemy DNA, while keeping their own genetic material ... read more

New Study Explores Ecosystem Stability

Nov. 28, 2018 — A new study explores ecosystem stability. Its findings raise questions about the stability of our modern global ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Forget MRSA and E. coli. There's another bacterium that is becoming increasingly dangerous due to antibiotic resistance -- and it's present on the skin of every person on the ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Scientists have discovered genes and other genetic variations that appear to be involved in cancerous tumors shrinking in Tasmanian devils. Their research could have important implications for ... read more

Scientists Direct Bacteria With Expanded Genetic Code to Evolve Extreme Heat Tolerance

Nov. 28, 2018 — Synthetic bacteria with expanded genetic codes can evolve proteins in the laboratory with enhanced properties using mechanisms that might not be possible with nature's 20 amino acid building ... read more

Nov. 28, 2018 — Predators have been identified as the shaping force behind mutually beneficial relationships between species such as clownfish and ... read more

Nov. 27, 2018 — Microbes could have performed oxygen-producing photosynthesis at least one billion years earlier in the history of the Earth than previously ... read more

The Warm and Loving Tegu Lizard Becomes a Genetic Resource

Nov. 27, 2018 — Researchers have sequenced the genome of the tegu, Salvator merianae: a lizard that has taken an evolutionary step toward warm-bloodedness. It is also a highly desired pet, that can often be ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — The insects known as Hemiptera are not a particularly glamorous bunch. This group includes stink bugs, bed bugs, litter bugs, scale insects and aphids. Their closest relatives are thrips, bark lice ... read more

The Complexity of the Commons: Scientists Recast Social Dilemmas

Nov. 26, 2018 — A new classification system adds real-world complexity to social dilemmas like the paradigmatic 'tragedy of the ... read more

Nov. 26, 2018 — An unlikely collaboration between archaeologists desperate to put names to shells at Mayan dig sites and an ichthyologist led to the first molecular study of Mexican and Central American freshwater ... read more

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