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Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea

By Ruth Williams | October 12, 2016

Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.

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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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Neonicotinoids May Harm Wild Bees

By Ashley P. Taylor | August 16, 2016

Exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides is correlated with population declines of a large number of wild bee species, according to a field study conducted in the U.K.

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Using RNA to Amplify RNA

By Abby Olena | August 15, 2016

Researchers apply in vitro evolution to generate an RNA enzyme capable of copying and amplifying RNA.

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Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 21, 2016

Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 

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Mysterious Eukaryote Missing Mitochondria

By Anna Azvolinsky | May 12, 2016

Researchers uncover the first example of a eukaryotic organism that lacks the organelles.

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Minimal Genome Created

By Ruth Williams | March 24, 2016

Scientists build a living cellular organism with a genome smaller than any known in nature.

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Viral Remnants Help Regulate Human Immunity

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | March 3, 2016

Endogenous retroviruses in the human genome can regulate genes involved in innate immune responses.

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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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