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Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874

By | August 1, 2011

After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the

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Plant Cells and Soap Bubbles

By | August 1, 2011

Editor’s Choice in Plant Biology

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String Theory

By | August 1, 2011

New types of biological filaments are turning up in yeast, fly, bacterial cells and in rat neurons, and they may yield clues to how the cytoskeleton evolved from metabolically active enzymes.

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An Unlichenly Pair

By | August 1, 2011

A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.

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Capsule Reviews

By | August 1, 2011

First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth

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Learning to Become a Tree Hugger

By | August 1, 2011

A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships

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Sharing the Bounty

By | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.

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The First Plant Interactome

By | July 28, 2011

Protein interaction networks in Arabidopsis give clues to plant evolution and immunity.

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On the Origin of Birds

By | July 27, 2011

The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.

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Electric Dolphins?

By | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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