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Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular

By Bob Grant | October 17, 2016

The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.

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Multicellular Cooperation Curbs Cheating

By Jenny Rood | July 1, 2016

An experimental evolution study shows that more cheaters arise when bread mold fungal cells are less related to one another.

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How Multicellularity Arose

By Jef Akst | January 11, 2016

Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 

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The Ever-Transcendent Cell

By John S. Torday | November 1, 2014

Deriving physiologic first principles

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Faulty Freezing

By Abby Olena | November 5, 2013

Researchers show that tissues are more likely than single cells to suffer damage during cryopreservation because of the tight junctions between cells.

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Beach Reading

By Mary Beth Aberlin | July 1, 2013

A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.

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Crowd Control

By Cristina Luiggi | July 1, 2013

Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.

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Opinion: Cooperating to Study Cooperation

By David Smith | February 20, 2013

Physicists and biologists are working together to understand cooperation at all levels of life, from the cohesion of molecules to interspecies interactions.

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Bacteria Breed Multicellularity?

By Hayley Dunning | August 15, 2012

A single-celled relative of animals forms colonies when exposed to a bacterial product, hinting at the possible origins of multicellularity.

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Evolving Multicellularity

By Jef Akst | January 16, 2012

Using an artificial selection paradigm, researchers watch as unicellular yeast evolve into snowflake-like clusters with distinct multicellular characteristics.

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