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CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.

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Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms

By | August 21, 2017

Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.

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Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals

By | August 21, 2017

Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.

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Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse

By | August 18, 2017

At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.

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Book Excerpt from Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril

By , , , and | August 11, 2017

In the introduction to the book, its editors lay out the case for taking a serious, and mechanistic, look at how visiting natural places for pleasure affects ecology and animal behavior.

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Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?

By , , , and | August 4, 2017

As nature-based tourism becomes more popular, considering the ecological effects of the practice becomes paramount.

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The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct

By | July 17, 2017

Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?

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image: Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain

Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain

By | July 13, 2017

Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 

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