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Source of Scales, Feathers, Hair

By | June 27, 2016

Reptiles, birds, and mammals all produce tiny, bump-like structures during development.   

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Ancient DNA research suggests that there were two independent agricultural revolutions more than 10,000 years ago.

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Evolution of Fish Bioluminescence

By | June 9, 2016

Fish evolved to make their own light at least 27 times, according to a study.

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A transposon underlies this classic story of evolutionary adaptation.

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Dog Domestication History Clarified

By | June 3, 2016

A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.


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“Human Genome Project-Write” Unveiled

By | June 2, 2016

A proposal to synthesize entire genomes—the subject of a controversial, invitation-only meeting at Harvard last month—is formally presented in Science.


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

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A Congressional investigation indicates that the National Football League may have sought to steer millions of dollars in National Institutes of Health funding away from one of its critics.


image: Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

Report: Still Lots to Learn About GE Crops

By | May 17, 2016

A National Academies–led analysis evaluates the impacts of genetically engineered crops—and calls for updated regulations.

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image: Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing

Stem Cell Rules Tackle Human Embryo Editing

By | May 17, 2016

A set of international stem cell guidelines recommends that oversight committees at research institutions oversee all research on embryos.


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