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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Lizards’ Green Blood Evolved Four Times

By Kerry Grens | May 16, 2018

The uncommon hue is present in skinks that aren’t closely related, but the advantage of the odd trait remains anyone’s guess.  

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Image of the Day: Hold My Brood

By The Scientist Staff | May 9, 2018

Cuckoo catfish trick cichlids into caring for their eggs in a strategy known as brood parasitism.

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Image of the Day: Bird Braincase

By The Scientist Staff | May 4, 2018

Newly discovered fossils shed light on the structure of the feeding apparatus of ancient seabirds.

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A study finds two species of guenon monkeys in Tanzania have been mating and producing fertile offspring for generations.

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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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Image of the Day: Brain, Heal Thyself

By The Scientist Staff | April 20, 2018

When a mouse’s brain undergoes traumatic injury, immune cells clear the dead from the affected area, after which blood cells swoop in to repair blood vessels.

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How Kidney Cancer Evolves

By Jim Daley | April 18, 2018

Renal cell carcinoma tumors have three different evolutionary fates, each associated with specific clinical outcomes.

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Authors of a new study suggest that 520-million-year-old structures, previously identified as the brains of ancient arthropods, are instead preserved microbial biofilms.

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