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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By Molly Sharlach | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.


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Bird Genomes Abound

By Ruth Williams | December 11, 2014

Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.

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Evolution in Oil Droplets

By Bob Grant | December 9, 2014

For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.


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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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Book Excerpt from One Plus One Equals One

By John Archibald | December 1, 2014

In Chapter 7, “Green Evolution, Green Revolution,” author John Archibald describes how endosymbiosis helped color the Earth in a verdant hue.


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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | December 1, 2014

Your Atomic Self, Eureka!, A Talent for Friendship, and Undeniable


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Mosquito Genomes Galore

By Ruth Williams | November 27, 2014

Whole-genome sequences of 16 different mosquito species reveal rapid evolution and could inform malaria research.

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image: Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion

Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion

By Bob Grant | November 24, 2014

The cold-tolerant cereal crop allowed humans to live and farm higher than ever starting more than 3,000 years ago.


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When Males Kill Young

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 13, 2014

Many social factors contributed to the evolution of male infanticide in mammal societies.


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Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation

By Bob Grant | November 12, 2014

Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.

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