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What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.

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Image of the Day: Landing Blows

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 18, 2018

The smashing mantis shrimp is strategic in its attack on sea snails.  

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Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.

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Africa’s Oldest Baobab Trees Are Dying Suddenly

By Catherine Offord | June 12, 2018

Although more evidence is needed to pin down a cause, researchers suspect that climate change is to blame.

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This Flu Season Killed 172 Kids

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Vaccination reduced the risk of death by two-thirds for children with no other health problems.  

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Organic Compounds Found in Martian Soil

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 11, 2018

Researchers also found seasonal variations in atmospheric methane on the planet that may have a geological or biological origin.  

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The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.

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Image of the Day: Older and Wiser

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 8, 2018

As the years go by, seabirds such as gannets get better at foraging.  

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Nobel-Winning Biochemist Paul Boyer Dies

By Shawna Williams | June 7, 2018

The UCLA researcher was lauded for figuring out how ATP synthase works.

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Image of the Day: New Kids on the Block

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 7, 2018

Researchers discover that a layer of human breast tissue is not one but two distinct cell types.  

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