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Earth: Home to 1 Trillion Microbial Species
Catherine Offord | May 4, 2016
A new analysis of microbial data estimates that the world is home to 1 trillion species—of which only 0.001 percent have been discovered.
Arthropods Abundant in American Homes
Catherine Offord | Jan 21, 2016
The average US household contains 62 distinct families of arthropod species, according to an entomological census.
Tree of Life v1.0
Jef Akst | Sep 22, 2015
Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny.
Picks: January 19, 2014
Tracy Vence | Jan 19, 2015
Rapid loss of marine species; overestimating animal size; biosimilars and biotech deals
Bird Diversity Drops From Forests to Farms
Ruth Williams | Sep 11, 2014
Farms support less phylogenetically diverse bird populations than forests, but some farms are better than others.
Gut Microbes Detoxify Rat Diets
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 23, 2014
Foregut microbes in Mojave Desert rats help the animals metabolize creosote toxins.
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Jul 2, 2014
Genetic analysis splits one species into 126.
Diversity in Mexico
Jef Akst | Jun 16, 2014
A genomic survey of Mexicans reveals a wealth of diversity in North America’s southernmost land.
Top 10 New Species
Jef Akst | May 23, 2014
The International Institute for Species Exploration announces its picks of novel species discovered in the past year, including a carnivorous mammal, a tiny shrimp, and a fungus.
Week in Review: April 21–25
Tracy Vence | Apr 25, 2014
Evolution of Y chromosome; delivering gene with “bionic ears”; diversity of an important cyanobacterium; charting genome-sequencing progress; blockbuster pharma deals