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On the Origin of Birds

By Cristina Luiggi | July 27, 2011

The discovery of a new bird-like fossil challenges longstanding theories about which species of dinosaur gave rise to the avian lineage.

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Electric Dolphins?

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

Like many fish and amphibians, the Guiana dolphin can sense low levels of electrical activity in the water—an ability not previously reported in true mammals.

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Latitude Affects Human Eye Size

By Jef Akst | July 27, 2011

People living near the Earth’s poles, where days are often short and light often low, have larger eyes and visual cortices than those closer to the equator.

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Chimp Brains Don’t Shrink with Age

By Tia Ghose | July 25, 2011

Unlike human brains, chimpanzee brains don’t get smaller as they age, suggesting that pronounced neurological decline is a uniquely human byproduct of our oversized brains and extreme longevity.

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Regulating the Humanized

By Bob Grant | July 25, 2011

A UK panel puts forth guidelines for research that use experimental animals harboring human cells and tissues.

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The Beginning of the End for Bananas?

By Dan Koeppel | July 22, 2011

Already reeling from a 20-year losing battle with a devastating disease, the banana variety eaten in the United States is now threatened by a new—but old—enemy.

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GM Grass Unregulated

By Jessica P. Johnson | July 22, 2011

New technology evades the USDA’s authority to control genetically-modified plants.

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Longevity Paper Retracted

By Tia Ghose | July 21, 2011

A study that identified several genes linked to extremely long life has been retracted due to technical errors in the sequencing chips used.

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Top 7 in Genomics & Genetics

By Bob Grant | July 19, 2011

A snapshot of the most highly ranked articles in genomics, genetics, and related areas, from Faculty of 1000

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Neanderthal DNA in Modern Humans

By Jef Akst | July 19, 2011

Non-African people carry remnants of the Neanderthal X chromosome, suggesting interbreeding with early human ancestors.

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