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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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A Grisly Stork Buffet

By | August 15, 2017

Marabou storks on Kenya’s Mara River feast on the carcasses of migrating wildebeest that failed to make it across the waterway.

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From Mass Death, Life

By | August 15, 2017

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

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Life Springs Eternal

By | August 15, 2017

When scores of migrating wildebeest fail to survive a treacherous river crossing, their corpses fuel thriving ecosystems.

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Neanderthal-Human Interbreeding Got an Early Start

By | July 5, 2017

Mitochondrial DNA in Neanderthal bone suggests humans first left Africa earlier than previously thought.

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.

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Time-lapse imaging shows the immune cells transferring chemical signals during pigment pattern formation in developing zebrafish.

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image: Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes

Infographic: How the Zebrafish Got Its Stripes

By | May 1, 2017

Immune cells called macrophages shuttle cellular messages in the skin.

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