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Did Inbreeding Royals Evolve?

By | April 22, 2013

A new study suggests that in the Spanish Habsburg royal family, natural selection may have diminished the most harmful effects of inbreeding.

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Plant DNA Largely Unchanged

By | April 15, 2013

Today’s tulip trees carry similar mitochondrial DNA as those that grew in the time of the dinosaurs.

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Female Anthropologists Harassed

By | April 15, 2013

A new survey finds a high incidence of sexual harassment and rape among women doing anthropological field work.

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Review: Errors of the Human Body

By | April 11, 2013

This dramatic science fiction film follows a grieving father using his research to understand his infant son’s gruesome death—and explores the culture and ethics of science along the way.

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Human Ancestors?

By | April 11, 2013

Fossilized skeletal remains of the hominid Australopithecus sediba add to the puzzle of human evolution.

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Week in Review: April 1-5

By | April 5, 2013

Living fossils not so fossilized; Canadian gov’t threatens scientists’ freedom to speak and publish; gene therapy for sensory disorders; an unusual theory of cancer; clues for an HIV vaccine

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Review: Gossamer Gallants

By | April 5, 2013

The insect-inspired dance by choreographer Paul Taylor strikes the perfect balance between six-legged realism and artistic fancy.

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Roadmap to an HIV Vaccine

By | April 3, 2013

Researchers track the evolution of HIV in a single patient to understand what drives the production of broadly neutralizing antibodies.

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The Falsity of Living Fossils

By | April 2, 2013

New studies of tadpole shrimp and other organisms show that the term “living fossil” is inaccurate and misleading.

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Icy Veins

By | April 2, 2013

Intrepid Norwegian explorers discovered the Antarctic icefish, a marvel of evolution, while venturing to an island at the bottom of the Earth in 1927.

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