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Shotgun Sequencing Outdone by Amplicon

By | 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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Birders Break North American Record

By | October 1, 2016

A nude birder and an Australian zoo owner are competing to set the new bar for the number of species spotted in a single year.

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Brontosaurus Regains Dinosaur Status

By | April 8, 2015

Paleontologists rescue Brontosaurus from the waste bin of history, suggesting it once again be classified as a distinct dinosaur species.

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Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen

By | March 19, 2015

Protein extracted from ancient fossils identified by Darwin as some of the “strangest animals ever discovered” places the creatures amongst horses, tapirs, and rhinos on the tree of life.

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The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736

By | January 1, 2015

Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.

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Mistaken Identities

By | January 1, 2015

Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.

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Deciding to Ditch Latin

By | September 3, 2014

A report details how the International Botanical Congress agreed in favor of electronic-only publication and naming new species using English.

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Metagenomics Mash-Up

By | August 1, 2014

A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities

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New ID for Dingoes

By | April 2, 2014

Once thought to be feral dogs, dingoes are actually a separate taxon from their domesticated relatives.

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Viruses Reconsidered

By | March 1, 2014

The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.  

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