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New Human Species Discovered

By | August 9, 2012

Fossils from northern Kenya point to a new human species that lived in Africa nearly 2 million years ago.

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Why Women Outlive Men

By | August 3, 2012

Mitochondria mutations that affect male, but not female, aging could explain why women tend to live longer than men.

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Cancer Stem Cells Really Do Exist?

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers track tumors as they develop, providing more support for the idea that cells with stem-cell-like properties underlie cancer growth and recurrence.

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The Stuff of Nightmares

By | August 1, 2012

Researchers working in war-torn countries find hints to the molecular roots of posttraumatic stress disorder.

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A Scientist Emerges

By | August 1, 2012

At age 16, Alexandra Sourakov has her first scientific publication, on the foraging behavior of butterflies.

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Space-bound Fish

By | July 31, 2012

Japanese astronauts deliver an aquarium to the International Space Station to study the effects of microgravity on marine life.

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Wired to Run—and Think

By | July 26, 2012

Evolving the ability to run may also have made our ancestors smarter, suggesting that exercise can be healthy for the brain as well as the body.

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Double Duplication

By | July 24, 2012

Two whole genome duplications boosted the complexity of the ancestor of all vertebrates, but also introduced potential for disease.

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The Polar Bear’s Prehistoric Past

By | July 23, 2012

Genomic analyses reveal that the polar bear evolved between 4 and 5 million years ago, far earlier than previous studies had estimated.

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Sex Drives Chromosome Evolution

By | July 19, 2012

A relatively new pair of sex chromosomes in the fruit fly allows researchers to track their evolution from the beginning.

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