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Family Affair

By Megan Scudellari | April 1, 2011

In discovering their shared ancestry, a distantly related animal geneticist and plant pathologist find a common thread in their work on immune receptors.

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Taking Shape

By Richard P. Grant | April 1, 2011

Floral bouquets are the most ephemeral of presents. The puzzle of how flowers get their shape, however, is more enduring. 

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The Footprints of Winter

By Ralf Müller and Justin Goodrich | March 1, 2011

Epigenetic marks laid down during the cold months of the year allow flowering in spring and summer.

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Epigenetics and Society

By Andrew D. Ellington | March 1, 2011

Did Erasmus Darwin foreshadow the tweaking of his grandson’s paradigm?

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Epigenetics—A Primer

By Stefan Kubicek | March 1, 2011

There are many ways that epigenetic effects regulate the activation or repression of genes. Here are a few molecular tricks cells use to read off the right genetic program.

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Imprinting Diversity

By Cristina Luiggi | March 1, 2011

Joachim Messing talks about how genomic imprinting may be a strong driver of diversity.

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Losers Fight Back

By Richard P. Grant | February 1, 2011

Editor's choice in developmental biology

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Speaking of Science

By Not cited | February 1, 2011

February 2011's selection of notable quotes

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Appealing Choice

By Erika Lorraine Milam | January 1, 2011

A book is born from pondering why sexual selection was, for so long, a minor component of evolutionary biology.

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Eau de Choice

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.

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