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The 10-micrometer-long flagellate cell might have a big story to tell about the evolution of eukaryotes.

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Hormone Loss Prevents Obesity and Diabetes in Mice

By | November 6, 2017

Asprosin—involved in a rare disease called neonatal progeroid syndrome—targets neurons to stimulate appetite, and blocking the hormone wards off weight gain in rodents.

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Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family

By | November 2, 2017

The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered. 

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Caught in the Act

By | November 1, 2017

Molecular probes for imaging in live animals

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These Flies Hijack Frogs’ Love Calls

By | November 1, 2017

The phenomenon is one of the few examples of eavesdropping across the vertebrate/invertebrate barrier.

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These Flies Suck. . . Frogs

By | November 1, 2017

Insects feast on amorous tungara frogs by eavesdropping on their amphibian love songs.

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Tracking Invasive Fire Ants in Asia

By | November 1, 2017

These insect transplants have the potential to wreak economic havoc by outcompeting native insects and destroying crops.

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The Weird Growth Strategy of Earth’s First Trees

By | October 24, 2017

Ancient fossils reveal how woodless trees got so big: by continuously ripping apart their xylem and knitting it back together.

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A Molecule to Treat Obesity?

By | October 18, 2017

GDF-15 lowers body weight in mice and primates.

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image: Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

Germany Sees Drastic Decrease in Insects

By | October 18, 2017

A 27-year-long study finds insect biomass has declined by about 75 percent. 

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