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Scanning for SIV’s Sanctuaries

By Ruth Williams | May 1, 2015

Whole-body immunoPET scans of SIV-infected macaques reveal where the replicating virus hides.  

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Drunk Monkeys

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2015

UC Berkeley biologist Robert Dudley explains his "drunken monkey" hypothesis for how humans developed a taste for alcohol.

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Falling Out of the Family Tree

By Jef Akst | March 1, 2015

A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.

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Aping Language

By Jenny Rood | February 6, 2015

Chimpanzees can learn “words” for objects, a study suggests.

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On the Other Hand

By Bob Grant | September 1, 2014

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?

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Monkey See, Monkey Don’t

By Bob Grant | June 30, 2014

Species in a tightly knit genus of Old World primates have evolved tell-tale facial characteristics to prevent hybridization, a study shows.

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Book Excerpt from The Drunken Monkey

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

In Chapter 3, "On the Inebriation of Elephants," author Robert Dudley considers whether tales of tipsy pachyderms and bombed baboons have any basis in scientific truth.

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Drunks and Monkeys

By Robert Dudley | June 1, 2014

Understanding our primate ancestors’ relationship with alcohol can inform its use by modern humans.  

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The Surprising Evolution of Sex Determination

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | April 23, 2014

A detailed analysis of sex chromosomes finds unexpected evolution of functional Y chromosome genes across species.

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Sloppy Notes Led to Goodall Plagiarism

By Kerry Grens | April 1, 2014

Jane Goodall’s latest book was revised to eliminate plagiarism, which she blames on chaotic note-taking.  

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