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Image of the Day: Snacking on Snails

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 20, 2018

Five newly identified species of snakes suck the mollusks right out of their shells.  

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Novel Method Could Accelerate DNA Synthesis

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

The new technique uses an enzyme found in vertebrate immune systems to attach nucleotides to a growing strand.  

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Some scientists are not yet convinced that the list is accurate.

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image: Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study

Deadly Wasting Syndrome Genetically Altered Sea Stars: Study

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

The surviving animals may have evolved genes that provided an advantage in fighting the disease.  

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Image of the Day: Multiple Choice

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 19, 2018

Photosynthesis can happen in more than one way.  

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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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image: Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

Prominent Salk Institute Scientist Inder Verma Resigns

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 12, 2018

His decision came as an investigation into sexual harassment allegations against him was ongoing.  

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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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CRISPR Efficiency Tied to Cancer-Causing Process

By Kerry Grens | June 11, 2018

Two studies find the genome-editing technique works best when cells have a faulty DNA-damage response that’s frequently present in cancers.  

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