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Capsule Reviews

By | July 1, 2012

Evolving, The Moral Molecule, Aping Mankind, and Experiment Eleven

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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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Speaking of Science

By | July 1, 2012

July 2012's selection of notable quotes

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The First Australopithecus, 1925

By | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.

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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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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.

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Older Dads Have Healthier Kids?

By | June 11, 2012

New research finds that older men have children and grandchildren with longer telomeres, possibly pointing to health benefits of delayed reproduction.

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Discovering Phasmids

By | June 9, 2012

Shortly after a rat infested supply ship ran around in Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 1918, the newly introduced mammals wiped out the island's phasmids—stick insects the size of a human hand. 

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