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Biology

Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?
Biology

I Contain Multitudes

Our bodies are a genetic patchwork, possessing variation from cell to cell. Is that a good thing?

Despite swapping DNA through interbreeding, butterflies and other animals can maintain distinct species.
genetics

As Animals Mingle, a Baffling Genetic Barrier

Despite swapping DNA through interbreeding, butterflies and other animals can maintain distinct species.

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.
evolution

Where Animals Come From

Bacteria may have helped single-celled organisms make the leap to multicellular animals.

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.
Biology

The New Science of Evolutionary Forecasting

Newly discovered patterns in evolution may help scientists make accurate short-term predictions.

Newly discovered specimens support a more ancient origin for viruses, perhaps all the way back to the origins of life.
origins of life

Hints of Life’s Start Found in a Giant Virus

Newly discovered specimens support a more ancient origin for viruses, perhaps all the way back to the origins of life.

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.
evolution

The Game Theory of Life

An insight borrowed from computer science suggests that evolution values both fitness and diversity.

A new theory suggests that cooperation between a host and its microbes may be a significant evolutionary force.
evolution

Evolving With a Little Help From Our Friends

A new theory suggests that cooperation between a host and its microbes may be a significant evolutionary force.

Is the random noise inside a cell a nuisance, or have cells evolved ways to put it to work?
Biology

Inside the Din, Cells Fight Noise With Noise

Is the random noise inside a cell a nuisance, or have cells evolved ways to put it to work?

By comparing the genomes of social and solitary bees, scientists hope to uncover the basis for communal behavior.
genetics

In Bees, a Hunt for Roots of Social Behavior

By comparing the genomes of social and solitary bees, scientists hope to uncover the basis for communal behavior.