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Scientists have discovered building blocks similar to those in modern RNA that can effortlessly assemble when mixed in water and heated.
An MIT physicist has proposed the provocative idea that life exists because the law of increasing entropy drives matter to acquire lifelike physical properties.
Some organisms respond to stress by driving up their mutation rate. Are they evolving specific mechanisms to enhance evolution in times of crisis?
Mysterious episodes of genetic duplication in our great ape ancestors may have paved the way for human evolution.
Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.
An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.
A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called exaptation.
Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.
Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.
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