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Rewriting E. coli’s Genetic Code

By Sabine Louët | August 5, 2011

Researchers use directed evolution to create a bacterial strain that substitutes a synthetic base for thymine.

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Baruj Benacerraf Dies

By Edyta Zielinska | August 3, 2011

The Nobel Prize winner who discovered the gene that encodes the major histocompatibility complex passes away at age 90.

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Anti-evolution Vandals?

By Edyta Zielinska | August 1, 2011

Pro-evolution bumper stickers and emblems are being removed from the cars of biologists in Florida.

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Personalized Athletics

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2011

Motivated by a career-ending ligament tear, a former NFL player starts a company to test athletes' genetic predispositions to common sports injuries.

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The Right Sort

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Using the strongest molecular binding partnership in biology to separate different cell types.

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The Right Sort

By Richard P. Grant | August 1, 2011

Isolating specific cell types from a mass of plant or animal tissue is laborious and tricky. 

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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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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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