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Distantly Related Conifers Share a Surprising Number of Cold-Tolerance Genes
Ben Andrew Henry | Dec 1, 2016
Spruce and pine and have relied on similar genetic toolkits for climate adaptation despite millions of years of evolution.
Birds Have Skills Previously Described as “Uniquely Human”
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2016
Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.
Three-Parent IVF Advances
Anna Azvolinsky | Nov 30, 2016
Differences in the replicative advantages conferred by some mitochondrial DNA haplotypes have implications for mitochondrial replacement therapy, researchers report.
The Topography of Teeth
Bob Grant | Nov 29, 2016
Intricate, digital maps of animals’ teeth, created using the same geographical tools used by mapmakers, may help researchers determine the diets of extinct species.
Evolution May Have Deleted Neanderthal DNA
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 8, 2016
Natural selection may be behind the dearth of Neanderthal DNA in modern humans.
Ebola Evolved to Become More Infectious
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 7, 2016
A mutation that appeared early in the 2014 outbreak made the virus more infectious in humans, scientists show.
Protein Folding Pioneer Dies
Kerry Grens | Oct 28, 2016
Susan Lindquist of MIT and the Whitehead Institute broke scientific ground on prions and heat shock proteins.
Week in Review: October 17–21
Jef Akst | Oct 21, 2016
Report finds that pathologist involved in anonymous defamation case committed multiple acts of misconduct; growing eggs from stem cells; neutrophils’ role in metastasis; convergent evolution in birds
From Stem Cell to Oocyte In a Dish
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 17, 2016
For the first time, scientists generate functional mouse eggs from stem cells in culture.
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.