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Sequencing the genome of salamanders

University of Kentucky biologist Randal Voss is sequencing the genome of salamanders. Though we share many of the same genes, the salamander genome is massive compared to our own, about 10 times as large.

Aug 20, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0

Pesticide risk assessments seen as biased

In the October issue of BioScience, a group of ecotoxicologists argue that the US Environmental Protection Agency's (USEPA) current practices for evaluating pesticide safety are inadequate and likely to result in decisions biased ...

Sep 03, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0

A single evolutionary road may lead to Rome

A well-known biologist once theorized that many roads led to Rome when it comes to two distantly related organisms evolving a similar trait. A new paper, published in Nature Communications, suggests that w ...

Sep 08, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 1

Scientists discover hazardous waste-eating bacteria

Tiny single-cell organisms discovered living underground could help with the problem of nuclear waste disposal, say researchers involved in a study at The University of Manchester. Although bacteria with waste-eating properties ...

Sep 09, 2014 5 / 5 (4) 0