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How Plants Evolved Different Ways to Make Caffeine

By Ruth Williams | September 21, 2016

Caffeine-producing plants use three different biochemical pathways and two different enzyme families to make the same molecule.

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Stingrays Chew Too

By Ben Andrew Henry | September 15, 2016

Researchers observe stingrays moving their jaws to grind up prey, a behavior thought to be restricted to mammals.

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Week in Review: September 5–9

By Jef Akst | September 9, 2016

Environmental magnetite in the human brain; prion structure takes shape; watching E. coli evolve in real time; learning from others’ behavior 

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Giant Petri Dish Displays Evolution in Space and Time

By Jenny Rood | September 8, 2016

As E. coli bacteria spread over increasingly concentrated antibiotics, researchers discover novel evolutionary pathways that confer resistance.

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Promoting Protein Partnerships

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

Scientists generate new protein-protein interactions at an impressive PACE.

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Protein or Perish

By Ruth Williams | September 1, 2016

A bacteriophage must evolve certain variants of a protein or die.

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Extinct River Dolphin Species Discovered

By Alison F. Takemura | August 16, 2016

Overlooked for half a century, a skull in the Smithsonian collection points to a dolphin species that lived 25 million years ago, according to a study.

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Using RNA to Amplify RNA

By Abby Olena | August 15, 2016

Researchers apply in vitro evolution to generate an RNA enzyme capable of copying and amplifying RNA.

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Nailing Down HAR Function

By Katherine S. Pollard | August 1, 2016

A remaining challenge in the study of human accelerated regions (HARs) is establishing their specific functions during development and other biological processes.

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On Becoming Human

By Mary Beth Aberlin | August 1, 2016

Some thoughts on going to the Galápagos

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