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Common STD May Have Come from Neanderthals

By Bob Grant | October 20, 2016

Cross-species trysts likely spread human papillomavirus (HPV) to Homo sapiens, according to new research.

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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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Deep-Sea Viruses Destroy Archaea

By Ruth Williams | October 12, 2016

Viruses are responsible for the majority of archaea deaths on the deep ocean floors, scientists show.

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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Stingrays Chew Too

By Ben Andrew Henry | September 15, 2016

Researchers observe stingrays moving their jaws to grind up prey, a behavior thought to be restricted to mammals.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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Promoting Protein Partnerships

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

Scientists generate new protein-protein interactions at an impressive PACE.

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Protein or Perish

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.

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image: Newly Discovered Virus Has Multi-Part Genome

Newly Discovered Virus Has Multi-Part Genome

By Bob Grant | August 26, 2016

A “multicomponent” virus isolated from mosquitoes infects in stages and reassembles once the pieces are inside the host.

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