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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: Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex

Male Fruit Flies Take Pleasure in Having Sex

By Jim Daley | April 20, 2018

Sex-deprived males seek out alcohol.

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How Kidney Cancer Evolves

By Jim Daley | April 18, 2018

Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.

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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.

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image: Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

Robert Baker, Bat Biologist, Dies

By Diana Kwon | April 5, 2018

The Texas Tech University professor also investigated the effects of the Chernobyl disaster on surrounding wildlife.

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A group of around 300 whales produced 184 distinct songs over just a few years, according to a new study.

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image: Image of the Day: Four Eyes

Image of the Day: Four Eyes

By The Scientist Staff | April 3, 2018

Ancient monitor lizards had an extra set of “eyes” on top of their heads.

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image: Image of the Day: Original Fin

Image of the Day: Original Fin

By The Scientist Staff | April 2, 2018

Researchers identify the genetics underlying the development of dorsal fins in ancient fish.

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Social insects kill infected individuals for the benefit of the colony—and now a study has shown how they know who’s sick.

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