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Caltech’s Frances Arnold is honored for her work on directed evolution.

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Antibiotic Affects Cow Dung

By | May 25, 2016

Researchers assess some of the downstream effects of treating livestock with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

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New Species Celebrated

By | May 24, 2016

A top-10 list compiled by a committee of taxonomists includes a new hominin species and a beetle named after a children’s book character.

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SUNY-ESF’s Top 10 New Species 2016

By | May 24, 2016

A look at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry scientists’ picks

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Population Ecologist Dies

By | May 18, 2016

Ilkka Hanski of the University of Helsinki has passed away at age 63.

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Genome Digest

By | May 17, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes  

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Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria

By | May 12, 2016

Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.

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Another Andrew Wakefield Movie in the Works

By | May 4, 2016

This one will be largely based on the discredited anti-vaccine researcher’s 2010 book.

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Most Gut Microbes Can Be Cultured

By | May 4, 2016

Contrary to the popular thought that many species are “unculturable,” the majority of bacteria known to populate the human gut can be grown in the lab, scientists show.

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In the book's prologue, author Frans de Waal considers the intellectual impediments to studying animal intelligence.

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