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Similar Data, Different Conclusions

By Ashley P. Taylor | February 23, 2016

By tweaking certain conditions of a long-running experiment on E. coli, scientists found that some bacteria could be prompted to express a mutant phenotype sooner, without the “generation of new genetic information.” The resulting debate—whether the data support evolutionary theory—is more about semantics than science.

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Adjustable Brain Cells

By Ruth Williams | February 18, 2016

Neighboring neurons can manipulate astrocytes. 

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Chat With Charlie

By The Scientist Staff | February 1, 2016

See a preview of the app that lets you ask questions of a virtual Charles Darwin.

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Fighting Back

By Mary Beth Aberlin | February 1, 2016

Plants can’t run away from attackers, so they’ve evolved unique immune defenses to protect themselves.

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iDarwin

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2016

A synthetic interview with the father of evolutionary theory, now available as a smartphone app, teaches students and the public about the famed biologist.

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Jason Holliday: Tree Tracker

By Jef Akst | February 1, 2016

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation. Age: 37

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Lizard Secretes Heat

By Bob Grant | January 25, 2016

Researchers confirm the unprecedented endothermic abilities of a South American reptile.

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How Multicellularity Arose

By Jef Akst | January 11, 2016

Researchers identify a molecule that may have been key to the surprisingly common transition from single-celled ancestors to today’s complex, multicellular organisms. 

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Genome Digest

By Catherine Offord | January 8, 2016

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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All Together Now

By Mary Beth Aberlin | January 1, 2016

Understanding the biological roots of cooperation might help resolve some of the biggest scientific challenges we face.

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