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Research explores natural selection in action

The extreme "polar vortex" winter of 2013–14 did more than set records across the United States; it created conditions for a Harvard graduate student to explore something rarely observed by biologists: natural selection ...

dateAug 30, 2017 in Plants & Animals
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Tracking down the jumping genes of maize

The "jumping genes" of maize have finally been mapped by an international team led by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The discovery could ultimately benefit the breeding ...

dateAug 24, 2017 in Biotechnology
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How cells hack their own genes

DNA in all organisms from yeast to humans encodes the genes that make it possible to live and reproduce. But these beneficial genes make up only 2 percent of our DNA. In fact, more than two-thirds of our genome is populated ...

dateAug 24, 2017 in Biotechnology
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The moving Martian bow shock

As the energetic particles of the solar wind speed across interplanetary space, their motion is modified by objects in their path. A study, based on data from ESA's Mars Express orbiter, has thrown new light on a surprising ...

dateAug 22, 2017 in Space Exploration
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