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Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2015
Researchers are working to automate the arduous task of identifying—and amending—mislabeled sequences in genetic databases.
Deciding to Ditch Latin
Tracy Vence | Sep 3, 2014
A report details how the International Botanical Congress agreed in favor of electronic-only publication and naming new species using English.
Kelly Rae Chi | Aug 1, 2014
A tour of the newest software and strategies for analyzing microbial and viral communities
New ID for Dingoes
Kerry Grens | Apr 2, 2014
Once thought to be feral dogs, dingoes are actually a separate taxon from their domesticated relatives.
Didier Raoult | Mar 1, 2014
The discovery of more and more viruses of record-breaking size calls for a reclassification of life on Earth.
Tracy Vence | Feb 24, 2014
Researchers propose a naming system based on genomic information for all Earth’s life.
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.
Protein Sequencing Disputes Linnaeus
Jef Akst | Nov 6, 2013
Comparing the proteins of a 300-year-old pickled elephant fetus with modern sequence data challenges Carl Linnaeus’s decision to assign it as the Asian elephant type specimen.
Tracy Vence | Aug 9, 2013
Using molecular markers, researchers reconstruct the “magic” mushroom family tree.
The Turtle That Never Was
Jef Akst | Jul 1, 2013
A species of freshwater turtle deemed to be extinct may never have existed in the first place.