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Studies suggest that epigenetics allows some learned adaptive responses to be passed down to new generations. The question is how.
Two monumental works have led many mathematicians to avoid the equal sign. The process has not always gone smoothly.
Cells in symbiotic partnership, sometimes nested one within the other and functioning like organelles, can borrow from their host’s genes to complete their own metabolic pathways.
The twin primes conjecture is one of the most important and difficult questions in mathematics. Two mathematicians have solved a parallel version of the problem for small number systems.
A brain circuit that suppresses distracting sensory information holds important clues about attention and other cognitive processes.
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