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Wanted: Transcriptional Regulators

By Ruth Williams | August 1, 2016

Researchers have designed a screen to find unique molecules, called riboswitches, that determine whether transcription will proceed.

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Decoding Human Accelerated Regions

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?

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Humans Never Stopped Evolving

By John Hawks | August 1, 2016

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.

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Classic Example of Symbiosis Revised

By Kerry Grens | July 25, 2016

The partnering of an alga and a fungus to make lichen may be only two-thirds of the equation.

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Man and Bird Chat While Honey Hunting

By Bob Grant | July 25, 2016

A study suggests that humans and avians in sub-Saharan Africa communicate to find and mutually benefit from the sweet booty.

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Primates, Gut Microbes Evolved Together

By Anna Azvolinsky | July 21, 2016

Symbiotic gut bacteria evolved and diverged along with ape and human lineages, researchers find. 

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Another Dinosaur with Short Arms Discovered

By Alison F. Takemura | July 14, 2016

Gualicho shinyae evolved small limbs independently of T. rex, researchers report.

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Donor-Soil Microbes Drive Ecosystem Restoration

By Tracy Vence | July 11, 2016

Excavating existing topsoil and adding donor soil, researchers revitalized degraded farmland in the span of six years.

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A New Role for Marine Archaea

By Catherine Offord | July 1, 2016

Researchers discover acetogenesis in archaea, suggesting an important role for these little-studied organisms in generating organic carbon below the seafloor.

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Archaea’s Role in Carbon Cycle

By Catherine Offord | July 1, 2016

Bathyarchaeota undergo acetogenesis, generating organic carbon below the seafloor.

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