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Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code

By Sabine Louët | August 5, 2011

Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.

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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By Edyta Zielinska | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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Top 7 in Immunology

By Edyta Zielinska | August 2, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in microbiology and related areas, from Faculty of 1000

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Anti-evolution Vandals?

By Edyta Zielinska | August 1, 2011

Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.

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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the

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An Unlichenly Pair

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2011

First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth

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Contributors

August 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Learning to Become a Tree Hugger

By Amy Maxmen | August 1, 2011

A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships

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