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Researchers used the genome sequence of Artemisia annua to boost the plant’s production of artemisinin.

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Rather than getting a gene for its original function, a horizontal gene transfer provides the raw material for evolutionary innovation.

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Drug-free environments, such as a designated ward in a hospital, might reduce the strength of selection for resistance.

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Image of the Day: Ant Attack!

By The Scientist Staff | April 24, 2018

A new species of ant discovered in Borneo fends off invaders with a uniquely suicidal strategy.

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The 20-year project calls into question the conventional wisdom about the role plants will play in mitigating future climate change.

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Free Divers From Southeast Asia Evolved Bigger Spleens

By Anna Azvolinsky | April 19, 2018

The adaptation gives better endurance to the Bajau people, known as sea nomads, by increasing spleen size and, in turn, boosting the number of oxygenated red blood cells when diving.  

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Image of the Day: Sad Clownfish?

By The Scientist Staff | April 19, 2018

Climate change is bleaching sea anemones, and it’s stressing out the clownfish that live in them.

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Ocean Heat Wave Wreaked Havoc on Great Barrier Reef

By Ashley Yeager | April 18, 2018

Not only did many corals die in recent years, but some were actually killed by the hotter temperatures themselves, rather than bleaching.

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The alterations have been greater under rapidly-climbing global temperatures, suggesting key ecological relationships could be disrupted in the future.

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Estonia Offers Free Genetic Testing to Residents

By Diana Kwon | April 13, 2018

The nationwide experiment will initially include around 100,000 volunteers.

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