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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | February 1, 2011

Quirk, Darwin's Armada, The Death & Life of Monterey Bay, Elegance in Science

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The Evolution of Credibility

By Frederick Grinnell | February 1, 2011

The winding path that an interesting result takes to become a bona fide discovery is just one of the topics covered in this new book on the practice of science.

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Appealing Choice

By Erika Lorraine Milam | January 1, 2011

A book is born from pondering why sexual selection was, for so long, a minor component of evolutionary biology.

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Eau de Choice

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Evolutionary biologist Jane Hurst at the University of Liverpool has found that male mice have evolved a cunning trick to distinguish themselves within the dating pool: they produce a specific protein that drives female attraction to male scent, and this molecule, called darcin, helps females remember a specific male's odor.

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By N/A | January 1, 2011

A selection of comments from our readers

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Watt Fun!

By Karen Hopkin | January 1, 2011

Her doctoral advisor told her to amuse herself, and Fiona Watt has done just that—probing individual stem cells and determining the genes and molecules that direct them to differentiate or cause them to contribute to cancer.

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Myc, Nicked

By Richard P. Grant | January 1, 2011

Editor's Choice in Developmental Biology

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The Evolution of Volvox

By N/A | January 1, 2011

The volvocine algae are a model system for studying the evolution of multicellularity, as the group contains extant species ranging from the unicellular Chlamydomonas to a variety of colonial species and the full-fledged multicellular Volvox varieties.

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From Simple To Complex

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2011

The switch from single-celled organisms to ones made up of many cells has evolved independently more than two dozen times. What can this transition teach us about the origin of complex organisms such as animals and plants?

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The Profits of Nonprofit

By Megan Scudellari | January 1, 2011

The surprising results when drug development and altruism collide

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