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DNA Barcoding Boom

By | November 29, 2011

This week, 450 scientists and industry experts gather at the University of Adelaide in Australia to discuss one of the latest fads in biology—species identification with minimal DNA.

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Endangered Snails Accidentally Frozen

By | November 15, 2011

Hundreds of rare giant land snails held in captivity in New Zealand froze to death after the temperature probes in their containers failed.

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Marriage Affects Crop Diversity?

By | October 31, 2011

Nuptial arrangements between members of African farming communities could have influenced the genetic diversity of the staple crop cassava.

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Endangered Species Review Expedited

By | October 3, 2011

The government is on a deadline to review the more than 700 species that researchers have petitioned to be added to the endangered species list.

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. . . And Many Happy Returns

By | October 1, 2011

To the great scientific leaps witnessed during our first 25 years, and the game changers yet to come.

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Newly Discovered Species

By | October 1, 2011

Life on Earth is mind-bogglingly diverse with estimates of the number of existing species in the tens of millions. Over the last 4 billion years, many species have gone extinct; and because of the actions of humans, many existing species are now endangered.

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Conserving Our Shared Heritage

By | October 1, 2011

Reversing catastrophic threats to our planet’s biodiversity is not optional: our lives depend on it.

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Opinion: Exploring a Little-Known Planet

By | October 1, 2011

Cataloging the staggering richness of Earth’s species will have multiple payoffs.

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Biodiversity

By | October 1, 2011

Ecosystems are failing and extinction rates are soaring. Thomas E. Lovejoy and Edward O. Wilson weigh in on why cataloging existing species, discovering new ones, and maintaining a balanced and diverse global ecosystem are critical for ensuring a habitable environment for all.

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Biodiversity, Quick and Dirty

By | September 26, 2011

Researchers find that sampling DNA from the soil can be an effective way to determine how many individuals of a variety of species inhabit a particular area.

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