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genetics

Tracking the Evolution of Cancer, Cell by Cell

November 13, 2013

Analyzing individual cancer cells could reveal the answer to some of the disease’s most enduring mysteries.

Q&A

Debating the Evolution of Multicellularity

September 25, 2013

An interview with the developmental biologist Cassandra Extavour on the origins of multicellular organisms and the evolution of cooperation.

Biology

Evolution as Opportunist

September 4, 2013

A computational study reveals surprising flexibility hidden within metabolic networks, providing new evidence for an evolutionary concept called exaptation.

machine learning

Decoding Flu Viruses Before an Outbreak

August 29, 2013

Machine learning techniques are helping scientists pinpoint the mutations that allow bird and pig viruses to infect humans.

evolution

On Microbial Frontier, Cooperation Thrives

August 2, 2013

Population expansion may be a major driver in the evolution of cooperation, with implications for new antibiotics, cancer treatments and perhaps even human behavior.

evolution

The Surprising Origins of Life’s Complexity

July 16, 2013

Scientists are exploring how organisms can evolve elaborate structures without Darwinian selection.

genetics

Tiny Genomes and the Origin of Complex Cells

June 20, 2013

Symbiotic bacteria that dwell within insect cells are intricately intertwined with their hosts, prompting scientists to question when these bacteria stop being bona fide organisms and become part of the cell.

genetics

A New Approach to Building the Tree of Life

June 4, 2013

More genetic data is available than ever before to help build evolutionary trees, but scientists are finding that different genes even in the same organism can tell conflicting stories.

Game Theory

Hunger Game: Is Honesty Between Animals Always the Best Policy?

January 9, 2013

Game theorists have developed a new model of communication among animals. It suggests evolution will produce a situation in which members of a species are honest most of the time, but not always.