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By examining regions shared between some of nature’s most variable genes, malaria researchers are piecing together an understanding of a deadly parasite.
Complex natural systems defy analysis using a standard mathematical toolkit, so one ecologist is throwing out the equations.
Only a few genetic changes were enough to change an ordinary stomach bug into the bacteria responsible for the plague.
The biologist Nancy Moran has spent a career investigating the surprising nature of symbiosis, a phenomenon in which two species can appear to merge into one.
Cellular clocks are almost everywhere. Clues to how they work are coming from the places they’re not.
A new understanding of viral swarms is helping researchers predict how viruses will evolve and where disease is likely to spread.
Emerging data suggests the seemingly impossible — that mysterious new genes arise from “junk” DNA.
Did the minerals on our planet arise in a predictable fashion, or did they result from chance events? The answers could eventually help scientists identify planets likely to harbor life.
A new technique for finding and characterizing microbes has boosted the number of known bacteria by almost 50 percent, revealing a hidden world all around us.
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