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Environment drives genetics in 'Evolution Canyon'

Interplay between genes and the environment has been pondered at least since the phrase "nature versus nurture" was coined in the mid-1800s. But until the arrival of modern genomic sequencing tools, it was hard to measure ...

Dec 12, 2013
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Avoiding poisons: A matter of bitter taste

In most animals, taste has evolved to avoid all things bitter—-a key to survival—- to avoid eating something that could be poisonous via taste receptors, known as Tas2r, that quickly spring into action and elicit the ...

Nov 18, 2013
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Galaxy growth examined like rings of a tree

(Phys.org) —Watching a tree grow might be more frustrating than waiting for a pot to boil, but luckily for biologists, there are tree rings. Beginning at a tree trunk's dense core and moving out to the ...

Nov 01, 2013
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Ignorance is sometimes bliss

A range of examples suggests a lack of information about their fellows can favor cooperation and prevent conflict among animals—and even among genes.

Oct 23, 2013
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