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New Giant Virus Group Reported
Diana Kwon | Apr 6, 2017
A genomic analysis of “Klosneuviruses” suggests that they evolved from small viruses that accumulated genetic material over time, but not all virologists are convinced.
Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up
Jef Akst | Mar 24, 2017
An analysis of 74 dinosaur species leads a group of researchers to reorganize the extinct animals’ evolutionary history.
Ancient Origins of Retroviruses
Tracy Vence | Jan 12, 2017
Foamy-like endogenous retroviruses may have emerged more than 450 million years ago, according to an analysis.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
Catherine Offord | Dec 1, 2016
Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.
Animal Microbiomes Are Unique and Beneficial to Their Hosts
Ben Andrew Henry | Nov 29, 2016
Survey of 24 animal species suggests that each hosts a custom-tailored microbiome.
Karen Zusi | Dec 1, 2015
A reanalysis of phylogenetic data places sponges, rather than comb jellies, back at the base of the animal tree.
Speaking of Science
Staff | Nov 1, 2015
November 2015's selection of notable quotes
Tree of Life v1.0
Jef Akst | Sep 22, 2015
Researchers map 2.3 million species in a single phylogeny.
Ancient Beasts Classified by Collagen
Jef Akst | Mar 19, 2015
Protein extracted from ancient fossils identified by Darwin as some of the “strangest animals ever discovered” places the creatures amongst horses, tapirs, and rhinos on the tree of life.
New Species Galore
Jef Akst | Dec 27, 2014
A look back at the latest microbes, plants, and animals to have secured a spot in science’s known tree of life in 2014