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Hybrids, once treated as biological misfits, play a vital role in the evolution of many animal species. Now conservationists are trying to reconcile that truth with policies.
If DNA repair makes useful mutations more likely, it could accelerate cells’ adaptations to harsh environments.
Species gain and shed startling amounts of DNA as they evolve, and even genomes that look stable churn furiously. What does it mean?
The mathematical concept of parity and the fatal flaw of serial multiplication can help explain why having two sexes usually works better than having one or three.
Sex might help natural selection purge excessive mistakes from our genes.
Asexual reproduction can produce twice as many offspring as sexual reproduction without the hassle of finding and courting a mate. So why do most complex animals have two sexes? Why not three?
The evolutionary biologist Jessica Flack seeks the computational rules that groups of organisms use to solve problems.
If gut bacteria can sway their hosts to be selfless, it could answer a riddle that goes back to Darwin.
An unexpected mechanism allows wasps to rapidly co-opt genes for new toxic functions.
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