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Whole Lotta Evolvin' Goin' On

Your dog learned the most effective way to shake water off: by evolution, maybe. Maybe evolution did other things, too.

Denisovan Genome Reveals Interbreeding With Modern Humans

With the publishing of the Denisovan genome, the genetic profile of interfertile humans has widened considerably.

Genes Make People Support Abortion

If this political scientist is right, your genes and the environment make you liberal or conservative.

Epigenetics Leads the Genetics News

More and more studies are revealing systems that regulate DNA. Here are some recent samples.

Mind Your Brain

Recent discoveries about the brain and the mind reveal the wonders inside our skulls and pose deep philosophical questions.

Inventors Covet Nature's Engineering

Scientists and entrepreneurs can't get enough of the design solutions found in the living world.

Brazil's Islands in the Sky Defy Evolution

Isolated table mountains with sheer cliffs in South America should be natural laboratories for evolution. Why aren't they?

Olympic Plants Perform in Place

They may be rooted in the ground, but plants run their own Olympic organization.

Venter: Life Is Robotic Software

What is life? It's software that runs biological robots, says a leading geneticist.

Anxiety May Shorten Your Cell Life

Two newly published studies involving thousands of nurses show that lifestyle and attitude might influence the age of your cells.

Epigenetics: the 21st-Century Scientific Revolution

If genetics was the 20th century's major scientific revolution, epigenetics appears to be the big revolution for the 21st.

Evolutionists Taking Credit for Biomimetics

Biomimetics is all about design – intelligent design, mimicking the superb designs found in nature. Why, then, are some scientists claiming evolutionary theory is where the biomimetic beef is?

Evolution Worked Magic in Plants

Some evolutionary papers are filled with verbs like arose, emerged, and originated. Do these convey scientific understanding, or are they veils concealing ignorance? Is it like saying "abracadabra" to say something "arose" by evolution? A recent paper about sophisticated metabolic enzymes in plants is a case in point.

Pitcher Plant Inspires R&D Award

The R&D 100 award, previously given for inventions like the fax machine and automated teller machine, has been given this year for a biologically-inspired design that could revolutionize society in many ways.

Neanderthal-Heidelberg Distinction Blurs

"Heidelberg Man" has been a modern name imposed on certain fossil humans that have been unable to speak for themselves. Now, their bones appear to overlap with Neanderthals. But don't modern humans have Neanderthal DNA? Do the distinctions make any sense?
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