The US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is a scientific research center located in Durham, North Carolina. Known by its acronym NESCent (which rhymes with 'crescent'), the center's goal is to promote collaborative, cross-disciplinary research in evolutionary biology.


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Study proposes alternative way to explain life's complexity

Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the brain or the eye, are simply too complex for natural selection to explain. Biologists have proposed various ways that so-called 'irreducibly complex' structures ...

Model sheds light on the chemistry that sparked the origin of life

The question of how life began on a molecular level has been a longstanding problem in science. However, recent mathematical research sheds light on a possible mechanism by which life may have gotten a foothold in the chemical ...

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