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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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Image of the Day: Landing Blows

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 18, 2018

The smashing mantis shrimp is strategic in its attack on sea snails.  

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Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly

By Catherine Offord | June 12, 2018

Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.

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Blood Test Predicts Pregnancy Due Date

By Kerry Grens | June 7, 2018

A small study based on circulating RNA in the blood of moms-to-be describes a technique that could be used to help predict who’s most at risk of preterm labor.

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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

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The results suggest the virus could severely alter brain development in infants infected after birth, but blocking a signaling protein early on might ease certain symptoms.

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Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.

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Compared with their urban counterparts, babies and toddlers in rural Nigeria have gut microbiota that more closely resembles that of adults in their community.

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From Little Things Big Things Grow

By Bob Grant | June 1, 2018

We should take comfort in the fact that life on Earth had such unassuming, shared beginnings.

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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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