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In Chapter , "Genes, Freaks, DNA," author Sam Kean draws parallels between the lives of Gregor Mendel and Johannes Friedrich Miescher, who both made scientific discoveries that were truly ahead of their times.


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DNA Truth or Dare

By | July 1, 2012

Learning the intricacies of your own genetic profile is a double-edged sword.

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Daniel Durocher: Change is Good

By | July 1, 2012

Senior Investigator, Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Age 40


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Flower Barcodes

By | June 28, 2012

Wales creates a database of DNA barcodes for all of its native flowering plants, hoping to guide conservation and drug development efforts.

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EPA to Regulate Greenhouse Emissions

By | June 28, 2012

A federal appeals court upholds the Environmental Protection Agency’s right to regulate air pollution under the Clean Air Act.

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Mixed Report for Oiled Salt Marshes

By | June 25, 2012

Louisiana’s salt marshes are recovering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but some areas have been irreversibly lost.


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The Gigapixel Camera

By | June 22, 2012

A single camera unit can capture a moment in time at a mind-boggling resolution.

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“Extinct” Toad Rediscovered

By | June 21, 2012

A yellow-bellied dwarf toad, last sighted in 1876, is rediscovered in Sri Lanka.


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West Coast Marine Threat

By | June 18, 2012

Rising ocean acidity along the California coast may wreak havoc in the region’s oyster populations.


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The Ecology of Fear

By | June 15, 2012

Grasshoppers in fear of predation die with less nitrogen in their bodies than unstressed grasshoppers, which can affect soil ecology.


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