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‘Arrival of the fittest’: Fragile DNA ‘hot spots’ play key role in mutations, evolution

Viviane Callier | 
Against the odds, separate species and populations independently evolve the same solutions to life’s challenges, and the same genes are ...
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How the brain maps out ideas and memories

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
As the philosopher Immanuel Kant put it, the concept of space serves as the organizing principle by which we perceive ...
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What jellyfish can show us about complex evolution through simple genomes

Jonathan Lambert | 
You might expect that as bodies became more complex, genomes did as well. But a recent study appearing in Nature Ecology & Evolution ...
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Computer scientists turn to evolutionary biology for inspiration

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Creationists love to insist that evolution had to assemble upward of 300 amino acids in the right order to create just ...
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‘Stemness’ and the downside of limiting our definition of stem cells

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
As more sophisticated technology has revealed just how plastic and heterogeneous cell populations can be, some researchers have transitioned from ...
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Are our microbes part of us? ‘Radical upgrade’ of evolutionary theory

Jonathan Lambert | 
Look closely enough at any plant or animal and you will discover a riot of bacteria, fungi and viruses forming ...
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Stem cells’ ‘memories’ of past injuries may contribute to chronic inflammation

Monique Brouillete | 
Stem cells, famous for replenishing the body’s stockpile of other cell types throughout life, may have an additional, unforeseen ability ...
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Evolved adaptation: Challenges to Darwin’s belief that mutations are random and neutral

Viviane Callier | 
When Charles Darwin articulated his theory of evolution by natural selection in On the Origin of Species in 1859, he ...
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Your brain has its own unique ‘functional fingerprint’

Raleigh McElvery | 
The physical links between brain regions, collectively known as the “connectome,” are part of what distinguish humans cognitively from other ...
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Explaining hallucinations through math

Jennifer Ouellette | 
[Researcher Heinrich Klüver] classified [hallucinogenic patterns he experienced] into four distinct types that he dubbed “form constants”: lattices (including checkerboards, ...
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Why our brains are in the business of predicting the future

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
According to [the] “predictive coding” theory, at each level of a cognitive process, the brain generates models, or beliefs, about ...
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Will we soon be able to regenerate limbs?

Elizabeth Preston | 
[Axolotl] salamanders stand out as the only vertebrates that can replace complex body parts that are lost at any age, ...
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Delving into theories about the brain’s balancing act

Jennifer Ouellette | 
Gerardo Ortiz remembers well the time in 2010 when he first heard his Indiana University colleague John Beggs talk about the hotly debated ...
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We may owe our existence to plate tectonics

Rebecca Boyle | 
[T]here’s more to plate tectonics than earthquakes and eruptions. A wave of new research is increasingly hinting that Earth’s external ...
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Are vaccines creating viral resistance?

Melinda Moyer | 
[Researcher Andrew] Read and his colleagues are studying how the herpesvirus that causes Marek’s disease — a highly contagious, paralyzing ...
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Video: Innovative brain-mapping techniques could unlock neuroscience secrets

Monique Brouillette | 
What [neuroscientist Tony] Zador showed me was a map of 50,000 neurons in the cerebral cortex of a mouse. It ...
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What spurred the Cambrian explosion? Evolving animals may have led to more oxygen, not other way around

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Scientists have long sought to determine what caused the Cambrian explosion, and to explain why animal life didn’t take this ...
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Is cancer the evolutionary ‘price’ complex animals pay for living in an oxygen rich environment?

Jordana Cepelwicz | 
Like many biologists, [Emma] Hammarlund wondered why it took so long for complex animals to emerge — and why, when ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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We’re about to see an expansion of life’s genetic code

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to ...
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Plant evolution: Compact genomes and tiny cells helped flowering plants take over the world

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
When people consider evolutionary events related to the origin and diversification of new species and groups, they tend to emphasize ...
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Evolutionary tradeoffs: How DNA works so living things have a ‘competitive advantage’ to survive

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Evolution is a game of trade-offs. Every trait an organism inherits may have benefits and drawbacks; what matters to natural ...
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New species may be created by cellular ‘mitonuclear conflict’

Carrie Arnold | 
In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with ...
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‘Information bottleneck’ theory could help crack human learning mysteries

Natalie Wolchover | 
Even as machines known as “deep neural networks” have learned to converse, drive cars, beat video games and Go champions, dream, paint pictures ...
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Neanderthal population estimate increases tenfold

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
Some gene-based estimates put the Neanderthals’ effective population at a measly 1,000; others claim they hovered at a few thousand ...
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Physicist Nigel Goldenfeld: Life started with physics, not biology

Jordana Cepelewicz, Nigel Goldenfeld | 
[Editor's note: The following is part of an interview with Nigel Goldenfeld, director of the NASA Astrobiology Institute for Universal Biology ...
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Older mini-brains could boost study of autism, schizophrenia

Jordana Cepelwicz | 
[Sergiu Paşca, a neuroscientist at Stanford University] has joined other researchers in growing little balls of human brain tissue, about ...
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Bear love affair: Grizzly and polar–Interbreeding neighboring species played key role in evolution

Jordana Cepelewicz | 
In 2006, a hunter shot what he thought was a polar bear in the Northwest Territories of Canada. Closer examination, ...