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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | March 1, 2015

Evolving Ourselves, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Bats, and The Invaders

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Drunk Monkeys

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2015

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.

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Falling Out of the Family Tree

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2015

A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.

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Reading Between the Pages

By Molly Sharlach | March 1, 2015

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and the University of York excavate the genetic secrets contained in the DNA of old parchments.

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Slip Me Some Skin

By Molly Sharlach | March 1, 2015

Scientists tracing the history of livestock breeding probe parchment documents for genetic information.

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Wrangling Retrotransposons

By Michael Van Meter, Andrei Seluanov, and Vera Gorbunova | March 1, 2015

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.

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Evolutionary Rewiring

By Ruth Williams | February 26, 2015

Strong selective pressure can lead to rapid and reproducible evolution in bacteria.

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Marine Life Trending Larger

By Bob Grant | February 23, 2015

Ocean animals have been getting bigger over the millennia, according to an analysis of thousands of genera that have plied Earth’s seas since the Cambrian Period.

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Two New Jurassic Mammals Found

By Bob Grant | February 13, 2015

Researchers working in China have unearthed the fossil remains of two diminutive mammals that speak volumes about faunal diversity during the Jurassic Period.

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Finch Findings

By Jenny Rood | February 12, 2015

Full genomes of Darwin’s Galápagos finches reveal a critical gene for beak shape and three overlooked species.

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