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Mosquito Genomes Galore

By Ruth Williams | November 27, 2014

Whole-genome sequences of 16 different mosquito species reveal rapid evolution and could inform malaria research.

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New Piece of a Mysterious Channel

By Kerry Grens | November 25, 2014

Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.

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Barley Key to Mankind’s Alpine Incursion

By Bob Grant | November 24, 2014

The cold-tolerant cereal crop allowed humans to live and farm higher than ever starting more than 3,000 years ago.


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When Males Kill Young

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | November 13, 2014

Many social factors contributed to the evolution of male infanticide in mammal societies.


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Butterfly Eyespots Deflect Predation

By Bob Grant | November 12, 2014

Researchers show that patterned coloration can be an effective means of distracting predators from vital body parts.

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Behavior Brief

By Molly Sharlach | November 11, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Mapping the Human Proteome

By Jef Akst | November 10, 2014

A comprehensive map of human proteins throughout the body identifies the testes as home to the most unique blend of gene products.


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Genetic Data Clarify Insect Evolution

By Kate Yandell | November 6, 2014

Researchers create a phylogenetic tree of insects by comparing the sequences of 1,478 protein-coding genes among species.


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A Tale of Two Genitals

By Bob Grant | November 5, 2014

The genitalia of mammals and reptiles develop from two different tissues, but the structures share common genetic programs and molecular induction signals.


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Book Excerpt from The Walking Whales

By J.G.M. “Hans” Thewissen | November 1, 2014

In Chapter 1, “Fossils and War,” author J.G.M. “Hans” Thewissen describes the difficulties of conducting field research in a conflict zone.


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