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Harmful Bacterial Metabolites

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria that feed on healthy food appear to amplify the nutritional benefits of those foods. However, they also appear to amplify the undesirable effects of unhealthy food. 

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Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the

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An Unlichenly Pair

By Hannah Waters | August 1, 2011

A young botanist pays tribute to his mentor by naming a newly discovered, rare species in his honor.

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Capsule Reviews

By Bob Grant | August 1, 2011

First Life, Radioactivity, Brain Bugs, Life of Earth

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Contributors

August 1, 2011

Meet some of the people featured in the August 2011 issue of The Scientist.

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Learning to Become a Tree Hugger

By Amy Maxmen | August 1, 2011

A guide to free software for constructing and assessing species relationships

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Sharing the Bounty

By Michelle G. Rooks and Wendy S. Garrett | August 1, 2011

Gut bacteria may be the missing piece that explains the connection between diet and cancer risk.

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The First Plant Interactome

By Jessica P. Johnson | July 28, 2011

Protein interaction networks in Arabidopsis give clues to plant evolution and immunity.

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On the Origin of Birds

By Cristina Luiggi | July 27, 2011

The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.

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Electric Dolphins?

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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