Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
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.
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study
Picozoans Are Algae After All: Study

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.

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.

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Highly Sensitive Viral Detection with the SARS-CoV-2 NGS Assay
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.
Image of the Day: Vestibular System
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.
Proposed Deep-Sea Mining Zone Harbors Previously Unknown Species
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.
Prehistoric Microbes Inhabit an Oasis in the Northern Mexican Desert
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.
Clues to How Ancient Plants Handled Fungal Pests
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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 
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 
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
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
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. 
Genomic Analysis Leaves Tardigrade Phylogeny Unclear
Genomic Analysis Leaves Tardigrade Phylogeny Unclear
Abby Olena | Jul 27, 2017
The genomes of two species of water bears reveal clues about how they persist in extreme conditions, yet don’t resolve the animals’ debated evolutionary story.
Dinosaur Phylogenetic Tree Shake-Up
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.
The Pangenome: Are Single Reference Genomes Dead?
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
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.