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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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Jaume and the Giant Genome

By Daniel Grushkin | February 1, 2011

A newly minted PhD finds a 150-billion-base-pair-long DNA molecule in a plant.

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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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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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Proteins Adorned

By Amy Maxmen | January 1, 2011

Cracking the Secrets of Posttranslational Modifications

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Mining Bacterial Small Molecules

By L. Caetano M. Antunes, Julian E. Davies and B. Brett Finlay | January 1, 2011

As much as rainforests or deep-sea vents, the human gut holds rich stores of microbial chemicals that should be mined for their pharmacological potential.

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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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