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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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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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Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  

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Image of the Day: Hirsute and How

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

A newly described species of shrimp, Odontonia bagginsi, has been named after Bilbo Baggins. 

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Image of the Day: Older and Wiser

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 8, 2018

As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  

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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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Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies

By Shawna Williams | June 7, 2018

The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.

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Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 7, 2018

Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.  

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