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Researchers Catalog Earth’s Microbiome

By Katarina Zimmer | February 1, 2018

The new database includes data from 27,000 samples collected at sites ranging from Alaskan permafrost to the ocean floor.

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The New Species of 2017

By Jef Akst | December 27, 2017

A sampling of some of the fascinating critters identified by scientists this year

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Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon

By Catherine Offord | August 8, 2017

The shotgun approach, typically thought to be the superior method, may substantially underestimate diversity in environments that have not already been classified, researchers find.

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Image of the Day: Penguin Run

By The Scientist Staff | March 1, 2017

Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) live on the southeast coast of Australia, one of the global “hot spots” of marine diversity most severely affected by global warming.

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New Species of 2016

By Jef Akst | December 16, 2016

From a new Tyrannosaurus and many other dinosaurs to all of the living species named this year, researchers continue to chip away at the planet’s unknown biodiversity.

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Slideshow: New Species of 2016

By Jef Akst | December 16, 2016

A look at some of the species named this year

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image: The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?

The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?

By Catherine Offord | December 1, 2016

Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.

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Geography of Genetic Diversity

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | September 29, 2016

Mammals and amphibians show greater intraspecific genetic diversity in the tropics compared with temperate regions.

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A Tribe of Hornbill Hunters Turns to Conservation

By Moushumi Basu | September 1, 2016

An indigenous community in northeastern India is a crucial part of the effort to save these majestic forest birds from extinction.

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More than half of the world’s land may have passed the threshold that threatens long-term sustainable development, researchers report.

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