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The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.

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Understanding the factors that influence spillover could help forecast future epidemics.  

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Opinion: Archaea Is Our Evolutionary Sister, Not Mother

By Patrick Forterre, Violette Da Cunha, and Morgan Gaia | June 1, 2018

The ancient organisms appear to be more closely related to eukaryotes than previously appreciated.

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Race Is Not a Genomic Phenomenon

By Ian Tattersall and Rob DeSalle | June 1, 2018

Rather, DNA sequencing can help us parse our ancestry, a subtle but important distinction.

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Ten-Minute Sabbatical

By The Scientist Staff | June 1, 2018

Take a break from the bench to puzzle and peruse.

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Why Bats Make Such Good Viral Hosts

By Katarina Zimmer | June 1, 2018

The bat version of the STING protein helps dampen the mammals' immune response to infection, researchers have found.

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An entrepreneurial attitude helped this Vienna-based researcher begin to unravel the complex receptor network that Arabidopsis uses to  develop and defend itself.

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Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics

By Amber Dance | June 1, 2018

Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.

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Predicting Future Zoonotic Disease Outbreaks

By Ashley Yeager | June 1, 2018

A step-by-step study of diseases that jump species gives subtle clues about future epidemics.

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Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.

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