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Scientists find the origins of the building blocks of life

Rutgers researchers have discovered the origins of the protein structures responsible for metabolism: Simple molecules that powered early life on Earth and serve as chemical...

How sperm unpack dad’s genome so it can merge with mom’s

A sperm enters an egg, an embryo develops and eventually a baby is born. But back up a second -- how does the mother's half-genome...

Has dinosaur DNA been found? An expert explains what we really know

Researchers in China and the US have found material in a dinosaur fossil that they claim looks like DNA. In a new paper in National...

Scientists discover why the oceans are so diverse

A new study in the journal Science has given insight into why the world's oceans are full of more species than ever before -...

New technology to speed up the development of more resilient crops

A research collaboration led by The University of Western Australia has created a new technique that speeds up the development of seeds, producing better...

One-third of plant and animal species could be gone in 50 years

Accurately predicting biodiversity loss from climate change requires a detailed understanding of what aspects cause extinctions, and what mechanisms may allow species to survive. A...

When frogs die off, snake diversity plummets

Since 1998, scientists have documented the global loss of amphibians. More than 500 amphibian species have declined in numbers, including 90 that have gone extinct,...

Tiny salamander’s huge genome may harbor the secrets of regeneration

The type of salamander called axolotl, with its frilly gills and widely spaced eyes, looks like an alien and has other-worldly powers of regeneration. Lose...

The skin of the earth is home to Pac-Man-like protists

Pac-Man, the open-mouthed face of the most successful arcade game ever, is much more well-known than any of the one-celled organisms called protists, at...

Surprise discovery shakes up our understanding of gene expression

Scientists at University of Chicago have uncovered a previously unknown way that our genes are made into reality. Rather than directions going one-way from DNA...

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