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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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Image of the Day: Ant Attack!

By The Scientist Staff | April 24, 2018

A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.

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Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 19, 2018

The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  

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Image of the Day: Nanobot Schematic

By The Scientist Staff | April 13, 2018

A magnetically controlled device could have applications in studies of cell biology and biophysics.

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Image of the Day: Cell Droplets

By The Scientist Staff | April 4, 2018

Proteins and RNA aggregate into “membraneless organelles” due to liquid-liquid phase separation.

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The neuronal coverings that mediate synaptic changes are involved in everything from memory to psychiatric disorders, affecting autism, Alzheimer’s, and addiction.

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Image of the Day: Pseudomonas Autophagy

By The Scientist Staff | March 30, 2018

Researchers identify antibacterial functions of cell death in Arabidopsis when the plant is infected with Pseudomonas.  

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Merino Sheep Provide Clue to Curly Hair

By Catherine Offord | March 23, 2018

The cells on one side of each wool fiber are longer than the cells on the other, researchers find. 

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Bees’ Molecular Responses to Neonicotinoids Determined

By Catherine Offord | March 22, 2018

Researchers pinpoint a protein that can metabolize at least one of the insecticides, highlighting a route to identifying compounds that are friendlier to the critical pollinators.

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