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The Making of a Trait

By | January 26, 2012

Populations of organisms acquire beneficial traits repeatedly and rapidly through co-evolution with other species and through gene interaction.

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Arsenic-based Life Challenged Again

By | January 24, 2012

An attempt to regrow the infamous GFAJ-1 bacteria, reported to incorporate arsenic into its DNA backbone, has failed.

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Evolving Multicellularity

By | January 16, 2012

Using an artificial selection paradigm, researchers watch as unicellular yeast evolve into snowflake-like clusters with distinct multicellular characteristics.

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Killer TB Hits India

By | January 16, 2012

An incurable form of tuberculosis has turned up on the subcontinent.

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The Risks of Dangerous Research

By | January 13, 2012

Should research that makes pathogens more deadly or infectious—or other dangerous research—be conducted in the first place?

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How to Survive Freezing Waters

By | January 9, 2012

For at least one species of octopus, all it takes is a little RNA editing.

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Top Ten Innovations 2011

By | January 1, 2012

Our list of the best and brightest products that 2011 had to offer the life scientist

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Capsule Reviews

By | January 1, 2012

Our Dying Planet, Here Be Dragons, Rat Island, Harnessed

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Anthropomorphism: A Peculiar Institution

By | January 1, 2012

Should we rethink the parallel drawn between “slave-making” ants and human slavery, and other such oversimplifications of animal behavior?

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Bioterrorist Battles

By | January 1, 2012

A Swiss-based firm may have a back-door way to thwart a bioterrorist attack—by fighting the flu.

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