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Parasite morphs ant into ripe red berry

A newly discovered parasite so dramatically transforms its host, an ant, that the ant comes to resemble a juicy red berry, ripe for picking, according to a report accepted for publication in The American Na ...

Jan 16, 2008
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World's oldest living tree discovered in Sweden

The world's oldest recorded tree is a 9,550 year old spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden
The world’s oldest recorded tree is a 9,550 year old spruce in the Dalarna province of Sweden.

Apr 16, 2008
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We're more different than we thought, says gene study

New research shows that at least 10 percent of genes in the human population can vary in the number of copies of DNA sequences they contain--a finding that alters current thinking that the DNA of any two humans ...

Nov 22, 2006
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'Junk' DNA now looks like powerful regulator, researcher finds

Large swaths of garbled human DNA once dismissed as junk appear to contain some valuable sections, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and the University of California-Santa ...

Apr 23, 2007
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Illuminating Study Reveals How Plants Respond to Light

Most of us take it for granted that plants respond to light by growing, flowering and straining towards the light, and we never wonder just how plants manage to do so. But the ordinary, everyday responses ...

Nov 23, 2007
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