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Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up

By Jef Akst | March 24, 2017

An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.

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San People Write Ethical Code for Research

By Jef Akst | March 21, 2017

With lifestyles similar to our hunter-gatherer ancestors, the San people of Southern Africa are popular study subjects.

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Oxford University to Study Marijuana

By Kerry Grens | March 20, 2017

Academics partner with a biotech firm to investigate cannabinoids and develop potential therapeutics.

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Sharks May Have Evolved from Acanthodians

By Joshua A. Krisch | March 14, 2017

Analysis of an ancient shark fossil provides the strongest evidence to date that modern sharks derive from a class of 400 million–year-old bony fish.

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Tasmanian Devil Cancer Immunotherapy

By Bob Grant | March 13, 2017

Researchers in Australia claim to have successfully used immunotherapy to treat devil facial tumor disease.

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“Buena vista” hypothesis suggests that changes in the sizes of eyes, rather than a shift from fins to limbs, led fish to transition to land more than 300 million years ago.  

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Henrietta Lacks’s Family Seeks Compensation

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2017

Family members of Lacks, the donor behind the widely used HeLa cell line, are planning to sue Johns Hopkins University.

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Ancient Marine Reptile Birthed Live Young

By Bob Grant | February 15, 2017

Researchers have described a pregnant Dinochephalosaurus, and the fossilized remains suggest that the massive animal did not lay eggs, as previously suspected.

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Speciation and development of new traits may not always go hand-in-hand.

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How Plants Evolved to Eat Meat

By Diana Kwon | February 7, 2017

Pitcher plants across different continents acquired their tastes for meat in similar ways.

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