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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.

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One-Man NIH, 1887

By | June 4, 2011

As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 

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The rhythm of biology

By | June 3, 2011

An art exhibit in New York City explores the science behind our reaction to sounds and sensations.

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The essence of stem cells

By | June 3, 2011

Researchers discover a protein that may allow already-differentiated somatic cells to become stem cells.

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Dominique Bergmann: Probing Plant Pores

By | June 3, 2011

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Stanford University. Age: 41

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What lab mice are made of

By | June 2, 2011

The most detailed genetic maps to date of classical lab mouse strains reveal limited genetic diversity and overwhelmingly originate from a single species of domestic mouse, the researchers report.

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Capsule Reviews

By | June 1, 2011

In The Evolutionary World, Vermeij takes on the skeptics—both those with valid questions and those with irrational ones—and shows how the struggle for existence leads to variety and creativity.

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The Gravity of Life

By | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?

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Recognizing the Human Potential

By | June 1, 2011

It may be time to reconsider an AIDS vaccine which is more human than viral, triggering the immune system in a way that no other vaccine does.

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Book excerpt from The Philosophical Breakfast Club

By | May 31, 2011

In Chapter 8, “A Divine Programmer,” author Laura J. Snyder explains how Darwin’s own ideas on evolution may have been influenced at lavish parties hosted by one of the club’s members, Charles Babbage.

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