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Thwarting Persistence

By | November 13, 2013

Researchers show that activating an endogenous protease can eliminate bacterial persisters.

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Microbial Mediators

By | November 11, 2013

Researchers show that symbiotic bacteria can help hyenas communicate with one another.

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Astrogerm

By | November 11, 2013

Researchers find a new bacterial species lurking in clean rooms used to assemble spacecraft at NASA and the European Space Agency.

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Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus

By | November 6, 2013

Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.

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Males Court Bearded Ladies Less

By | November 6, 2013

Blue badges that make female lizards less attractive to potential mates are paradoxically common.

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Week in Review: October 28–November 1

By | November 1, 2013

Neuronal DNA variation; male hormone sparks mosquito egg production; pulvinar neurons aid primate snake detection; spiders and cryptic female choice

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How, If, and Why Species Form

By , , and | November 1, 2013

Biologists have struggled for centuries to properly define what constitutes a “species.” They may have been asking the wrong question—many smaller organisms might not form species at all.

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Snakes on a Visual Plane

By | October 28, 2013

Researchers detect neurons in the macaque brain that selectively respond to images of reptilian predators.

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Gifts During Sex Matter After

By | October 28, 2013

Female spiders prefer sperm from males with gifts, a study shows.

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Week in Review: October 21–25

By | October 25, 2013

PubMed launches Commons; measuring HIV’s latent reservoir; immune-related pathway variation in genome, microbiome; rapamycin and flu vaccines; grasshopper mice resistant to pain

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