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Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.

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Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.

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A family’s collection of antique microscope slides became a trove of genetic information about the eradicated European malaria pathogen.

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The Topography of Teeth

By | November 29, 2016

Intricate, digital maps of animals’ teeth, created using the same geographical tools used by mapmakers, may help researchers determine the diets of extinct species.

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Week in Review: November 21–25

By | November 28, 2016

Souped up super-resolution microscopy; how diet affects host-microbiome communication in mice; Zika-associated microcephaly can present after birth; newly sequenced genomes

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Week in Review: November 7–11

By | November 11, 2016

Evaluating the potential effects of the US elections on life science; evolutionary advantages of Neanderthal DNA; coral gene expression adapts to environmental conditions; correcting sickle cell gene with CRISPR

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image: Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA

Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA

By | November 9, 2016

Natural selection may be behind the dearth of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans.

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image: Ebola Evolved to Be More Infectious

Ebola Evolved to Be More Infectious

By | November 7, 2016

A mutation that appeared early in the 2014 outbreak made the virus more infectious in humans, scientists show.

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Week in Review: October 31–November 4

By | November 4, 2016

Electron micrographs in color; assessing scientists’ impacts; smoking-linked mutations across tumor types; convergent evolution of mechanism underlying rodent stripes; suppressor mutations

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Protein Folding Pioneer Dies

By | October 28, 2016

Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.

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