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Gone Missing, circa 1892

By | October 1, 2012

A unique organism sighted only once, more than a century ago, could shed light on the evolution of multicellularity—if it ever actually existed.

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Home Cookin’

By | October 1, 2012

Laboratory-raised populations of dung beetles reveal a mother's extragenetic influence on the physiques of her sons.

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Lamarck and the Missing Lnc

By | October 1, 2012

Epigenetic changes accrued over an organism’s lifetime may leave a permanent heritable mark on the genome, through the help of long noncoding RNAs.

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Evolving Dependence

By | September 27, 2012

Scientists unravel the confusing molecular biology behind a fruit fly’s reliance on a single type of cactus.

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Swapping DNA in the Womb

By | September 27, 2012

A new study finds male genes in women’s brains, the first evidence of microchimerism in the human brain.

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Agriculture-Ecology Initiative Announced

By | September 18, 2012

The US Department of Agriculture announces a partnership of 10 study sites to help promote long-term research.

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A Funding Reboot

By | September 5, 2012

Scientists ask the NSF to reconsider a granting mechanism they say could hurt junior faculty.

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Getting to Know the Genome

By | September 5, 2012

A massive project involving hundreds of scientists suggests that very little—if any—of the human genome is truly non-functional.

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Dogs Improve Beach Sanitation

By | September 4, 2012

Canines that chase away seagulls have been helping to reduce the amount of bird droppings, which can carry disease and lead to beach closures.

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Capsule Reviews

By | September 1, 2012

Wired for Story, Dreamland, Homo Mysterious, and Vagina

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