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Single-Celled Life Primed to Go Multicellular
Bob Grant | Oct 17, 2016
The unicellular ancestor of animals may have harbored some of the molecular tools that its many-celled descendants use to coordinate and direct cell differentiation and function, scientists show.
Multicellular Cooperation Curbs Cheating
Jenny Rood | Jul 1, 2016
An experimental evolution study shows that more cheaters arise when bread mold fungal cells are less related to one another.
How Multicellularity Arose
Jef Akst | Jan 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.
The Ever-Transcendent Cell
John S. Torday | Nov 1, 2014
Deriving physiologic first principles
Abby Olena | Nov 5, 2013
Researchers show that tissues are more likely than single cells to suffer damage during cryopreservation because of the tight junctions between cells.
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jul 1, 2013
A vacation from your lab doesn’t have to mean a break from fascinating developments on the life science front.
Cristina Luiggi | Jul 1, 2013
Molecules, cells, or vertebrates—when individuals move and act as a single unit, surprisingly complex behaviors arise that hint at the origins of multicellularity.
Opinion: Cooperating to Study Cooperation
David Smith | Feb 20, 2013
Physicists and biologists are working together to understand cooperation at all levels of life, from the cohesion of molecules to interspecies interactions.
Bacteria Breed Multicellularity?
Hayley Dunning | Aug 15, 2012
A single-celled relative of animals forms colonies when exposed to a bacterial product, hinting at the possible origins of multicellularity.
Jef Akst | Jan 16, 2012
Using an artificial selection paradigm, researchers watch as unicellular yeast evolve into snowflake-like clusters with distinct multicellular characteristics.