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In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.


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Italian scientists on shaky ground

By Cristina Luiggi | June 3, 2011

Italian seismologists are accused of manslaughter after failing to predict an earthquake that killed 309 people near the Italian city of L'Aquila.


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Biodegradables not environmentally friendly

By Cristina Luiggi | June 2, 2011

The breakdown of landfill trash by microorganisms may cause significant harm to the environment through the release of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, researchers at North Carolina State University claim.


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What lab mice are made of

By Megan Scudellari | June 2, 2011

The most detailed genetic maps to date of classical lab mouse strains reveal limited genetic diversity and overwhelmingly originate from a single species of domestic mouse, the researchers report.


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The Gravity of Life

By Rob Dunn | June 1, 2011

Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?


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Pick your frog poison

By Jessica P. Johnson | May 31, 2011

Human development may destroy natural habitats, but it could also provide amphibians with a safe haven from deadly fungal infections.


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Control from Without

By Richard P. Grant | May 25, 2011

Editor's Choice in Developmental Biology


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Primal Fashion

By Cristina Luiggi | May 20, 2011

Two sisters -- a developmental biologist and high-end fashion designer -- team up to develop a couture collection inspired by the first 1,000 hours of embryonic life.


Skeleton Keys

By Lewis Wolpert | May 14, 2011

There are a surprising number of unknowns about how our limbs come to be symmetrical.


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Billion dollar babies of the human genome

By Jef Akst | May 14, 2011

The Human Genome Project has generated nearly $800 billion in economic output and hundreds of thousands of jobs in genomics and related industries.


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