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Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.
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Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water
Q&A: Thousands of RNA Viruses Newly Discovered in Ocean Water

The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.

The Scientist spoke with Ohio State University microbiologist Matthew Sullivan about a recent expedition that identified thousands of RNA viruses from water samples and cataloged them into novel phylogenic groups.

ABOVE: © SACHA BOLLET FONDATION / TARA OCEAN

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Researchers Identify 14 New Shrew Species 
Chloe Tenn | Jan 5, 2022
The discovery, made on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, constitutes an exceptionally high number of new mammals to be described in a single paper.
The man-of-war fish (Nomeus gronovii), a species of medusafish, near the tentacles of a siphonophore.
Medusafishes Are Grouped by Shared, Odd Traits: Study
Devin A. Reese | Dec 1, 2021
Shared features, such as thick, slimy skin and a throat filled with teeth, suggest that medusafishes are all related.
Researchers use bacterial whole genome sequencing to compare the phylogenetic relationship between environmental and clinical samples.
Aquatic Bacteria Reveal a Common Genetic Link to a Deadly Human Pathogen
Iris Kulbatski, PhD | Mar 7, 2022
Researchers use genetic clues to track the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria from the environment to patients.
A scanning electron micrograph of the picozoan Picomonas judraskeda
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Christie Wilcox | May 6, 2021
Phylogenomics data place the enigmatic plankton in the middle of the algal family tree, despite their apparent lack of plastids—an organelle characteristic of all other algae.
Image of the Day: Vestibular System
Amy Schleunes | Mar 13, 2020
The inner ear cavity proves to be a useful tool for studying the evolutionary relationships among monkeys, apes, and humans.
Highly Sensitive Viral Detection with the SARS-CoV-2 NGS Assay
The Scientist Staff | Apr 15, 2021
Kristin Butcher and Mara Cuoto-Rodriguez discuss the development of a nucleic acid hybridization capture-based assay to detect and identify novel SARS-CoV-2 variants.
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
Catherine Offord | Oct 17, 2019
The discovery of ancient clades of brittle stars at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean adds to concerns that commercial exploitation of the area could destroy numerous taxa before they’ve even been identified.
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Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
Diana Kwon | Mar 1, 2019
The blue lagoons of the Cuatro Ciénegas Basin provide a glimpse into the planet’s ancient past.
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Clues to How Ancient Plants Handled Fungal Pests
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2019
In plants ranging from liverworts to wheat, parasitic water molds build intracellular structures analogous to the nutrient-exchanging structures of symbiotic fungi.
Image of the Day: Single-Cell Surprises
Jef Akst | Nov 15, 2018
Researchers identify a new species of Hemimastigophora protist, and suggest the group should be promoted from a phylum to a supra-kingdom.

Infographic: Resurrecting Ancient Proteins
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018

Learn the basic steps researchers take when reconstructing proteins from the past and how these biomolecules can inform engineering projects.

Scientists Bring Ancient Proteins Back to Life
Amber Dance | Jul 1, 2018
Researchers are resurrecting proteins from millions of years ago to understand evolution and lay the groundwork for bioengineering custom molecules.
Archaea Family Tree Blossoms, Thanks to Genomics
Amber Dance | Jun 1, 2018
Identification of new archaea species elucidates the domain’s unique  biology and sheds light on its relationship to eukaryotes.
Infographic: Can Archaea Teach Us About the Evolution of Eukaroyotes?
Amber Dance | May 31, 2018
The discovery of copious new archaeal species is shedding light on the tree of life and revealing some unique cellular biology.
Mitochondria’s Bacterial Origins Upended
Shawna Williams | Apr 25, 2018
Contrary to some hypotheses, the organelles did not descend from any known lineage of Alphaproteobacteria, researchers find.
Image of the Day: Lonesome Clam 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Dec 12, 2017
Researchers have undertaken a comprehensive study on the status of giant clams across the world. 
Image of the Day: Ice Age Horse 
The Scientist Staff, The Scientist Staff | Nov 29, 2017
Scientists have identified a new genus of extinct horse that lived in North America during the last ice age. 
A Newly Identified Species Represents Its Own Eukaryotic Lineage
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 20, 2017
The 10-micrometer-long flagellate cell might have a big story to tell about the evolution of eukaryotes.
Ecologists Welcome Seventh Great Ape Species into Our Family
Katarina Zimmer | Nov 2, 2017
The Tapanuli orangutan has been identified as the newest species of great ape, but also likely the most endangered.