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Image of the Day: Jasper the Cat

By The Scientist Staff | May 22, 2018

Researchers found a previously undiscovered hepadnavirus in an immunocompromised cat.

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Dogs’ Friendly Demeanor Written in Their DNA

By Bob Grant | July 20, 2017

Researchers pinpoint the genes that make pooches so dang affable.

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Dogs Have a Single Genetic Origin: Study

By Diana Kwon | July 18, 2017

A new genetic analysis contradicts a 2016 study proposing that our canine companions were domesticated from two distinct populations.

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Genes Linked to Dogs’ Sociability with People

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2016

Genetic variants on chromosome 26 appears to play a role in a dog’s tendency to turn to people for help.

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The Evolution of Beer Yeast

By Ben Andrew Henry | September 12, 2016

Sequencing more than 150 yeast genomes, scientists describe distinct lineages cultivated by humans for making beer and wine.

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Dog Domestication History Clarified

By Bob Grant | June 3, 2016

A study suggests that wolves were transformed into man’s best friend more than once, in Asia and in Europe or the Near East.

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Domestication’s Downsides for Dogs

By Ashley P. Taylor | December 21, 2015

The selection of traits suitable for human companionship may have dragged along some unfavorable alleles.

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Dog Origins Disputed

By Karen Zusi | December 17, 2015

A genomic study suggests that dogs diverged from wolves in Southeast Asia 33,000 years ago, contrary to reports placing their origins elsewhere on the continent.

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Pumpkins Saved By People?

By Jef Akst | November 25, 2015

Domestication may have saved pumpkins, gourds, and squash as seed dispersers like the mastodon went extinct. 

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Three Origins for Rice?

By Karen Zusi | November 3, 2015

Rice was domesticated three separate times across Asia, a new study suggests.

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