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Why, Oh Y?

By Jef Akst | January 1, 2015

A toothpick and a bit of chance shaped David Page’s career, which he has dedicated to understanding the mammalian Y chromosome and fetal germ cell development.

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The Genetics of Society

By Claire Asher and Seirian Sumner | January 1, 2015

Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.

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Unraveling H7N9’s History

By Kate Yandell | December 30, 2014

An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.

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Measuring DNA with a Smartphone

By Jef Akst | December 23, 2014

A new microscope attachment can allow smartphone users to take a closer look at fluorescently labeled DNA.

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TS 2014 Gift Guide

By Kerry Grens | December 19, 2014

Presents for the scientists and science-lovers on your shopping list

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Behavior Brief

By Molly Sharlach | December 18, 2014

A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Iron-Ferrying Protein Impedes Pathogens

By Molly Sharlach | December 15, 2014

Meningitis-causing bacteria exerted strong evolutionary pressure on an iron-binding protein in primates, a study shows.

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Bird Genomes Abound

By Ruth Williams | December 11, 2014

Scientists complete the largest-ever comparative genomic study of birds.

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Evolution in Oil Droplets

By Bob Grant | December 9, 2014

For the first time, researchers have mimicked biological evolution using chemicals instead of living organisms.

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Gene Jumped to All Three Domains of Life

By Kerry Grens | December 1, 2014

By horizontal gene transfer, an antibacterial gene family has dispersed to a plant, an insect, several fungi, and an archaeon.

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