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A microscope image of Legionellales bacteria infecting a protozoan
Ancestral Bacteria May Have Invaded Early Eukaryotic Cells
The discovery that a group of cell-infecting bacteria lived roughly 2 billion years ago stirs a longstanding controversy around which came first: phagocytosis or mitochondria.
Ancestral Bacteria May Have Invaded Early Eukaryotic Cells
Ancestral Bacteria May Have Invaded Early Eukaryotic Cells

The discovery that a group of cell-infecting bacteria lived roughly 2 billion years ago stirs a longstanding controversy around which came first: phagocytosis or mitochondria.

The discovery that a group of cell-infecting bacteria lived roughly 2 billion years ago stirs a longstanding controversy around which came first: phagocytosis or mitochondria.

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Woman waiting in line at the airport, carrying a bag and standing next to two other suitcases. She is wearing a N95 face mask.
SARS-CoV-2 in the Air: What’s Known and What Isn’t
Alejandra Manjarrez, PhD | Feb 18, 2022 | 9 min read
Evidence suggests that COVID-19 is primarily an airborne disease. Yet the details of how transmission occurs are still debated and frequently misunderstood.
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Paleontologists Find Possible Dinosaur DNA
Chloe Tenn | Oct 26, 2021 | 3 min read
A report of preserved fragments of nuclei and chromatin in a fossilized femur of a 125-million-year-old Caudipteryx dinosaur elicits skepticism.
Image of the Day: Scarred Hearts
Ashley Yeager | Dec 4, 2018 | 1 min read
Maps of diving cells before and after heart attacks in mice offer additional evidence against the existence of cardiac stem cells.
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Catherine Offord | May 1, 2018 | 2 min read
The organs showed neural activity for up to 36 hours, adding fuel to discussions about the ethics of future neuroscientific research.
Professor Sues PNAS Over Paper Criticisms
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2017 | 2 min read
Stanford’s Mark Jacobson is asking for $10 million in damages after the journal published a critique of his work on renewable energy.
Irisin Skepticism Goes Way Back
Kerry Grens | Mar 18, 2015 | 2 min read
Post-publication peer reviewers had questioned data about the supposed fat-browning enzyme from the get-go.
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Bob Grant | Aug 13, 2014 | 1 min read
After raising more than $450,000 on Kickstarter, a startup making glow-in-the-dark houseplants attracts seed funding from a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.
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Opinion: Confronting Creationism
Ann Reid and Glenn Branch | Feb 7, 2014 | 3 min read
Five reasons why scientists should stay out of debates over evolution.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | Aug 1, 2013 | 2 min read
August 2013's selection of notable quotes
Debate over Glowing Plants Grows
Bob Grant | Jun 5, 2013 | 2 min read
A Kickstarter project that promises donors Arabidopsis seeds transfected with firefly genes is causing a stir.
Survival of the Fittest (to print)
Mary Beth Aberlin | Aug 1, 2012 | 3 min read
Science publishing is locked in an evolutionary arms race as it edges further into the digital age.
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