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Let There Be Life

By | March 1, 2014

How did Earth become biological?


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Path Finding

By | March 1, 2014

Biochemistry reveals the missing link in a pathway that archaea and some bacteria use to generate essential compounds.

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Bacteria Trade Genes

By | October 1, 2013

Extremophiles living in Antarctica’s salty Deep Lake exchange genes much more often than previously observed in nature.


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Antarctic Lake Teems With Life

By | July 8, 2013

DNA and RNA sequences from Lake Vostok below the Antarctic glacier reveal thousands of bacteria species, including some commonly found in fish digestive systems.

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Distantly Related Viruses Proliferate Similarly

By | June 12, 2013

Whether infecting hot spring-dwelling microbes or humans, viruses co-opt the same group of proteins to assemble themselves and break out of cells.


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Algae Get Help to Go to Extremes

By | March 7, 2013

A red alga appears to have adapted to extremely hot, acidic environments by collecting genes from bacteria and archaea.


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Speaking of Science

By | February 1, 2013

February 2013's selection of notable quotes


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Evolutionary Biologist Dies

By | January 2, 2013

Carl Woese, the discoverer of the third domain of life, has passed away at age 84.


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Conserved Chromatin?

By | December 10, 2012

Archaea packages DNA around histones in a similar way to eukaryotes, suggesting that fitting a large genome into a small space was not the original role of chromatin.


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Archaean Prey

By | March 13, 2012

Animals can and do eat Archaea.


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