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MicroRNA: A glimpse into the past

The last ancestor we shared with worms, which roamed the seas around 600 million years ago, may already have had a sophisticated brain that released hormones into the blood and was connected to various sensory organs. The ...

dateFeb 01, 2010 in Biotechnology
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The Worm That Turned Evolutionary Key

(PhysOrg.com) -- The Keelworm, widespread in the seas and tide-pools around Scotland and the rest of the UK, is unwittingly helping scientists at the University of St Andrews to understand the evolution of modern animals.

dateNov 20, 2009 in Biotechnology
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Culture skews human evolution

(PhysOrg.com) -- The rise of agriculture 10,000 years ago meant the end of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle for which human beings had been optimized by millions of years of evolution and the beginning of an ...

dateMar 12, 2009 in Evolution
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A dead gene comes back to life in humans

(PhysOrg.com) -- Researchers have discovered that a long-defunct gene was resurrected during the course of human evolution. This is believed to be the first evidence of a doomed gene - infection-fighting human ...

dateMar 06, 2009 in Genetics
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