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November 21, 2014
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New study uses DNA sequences to look back in time at key events in plant evolution

ANN ARBOR — A new paper from scientists in North America, Europe and China reveals important details about key transitions in the evolution of plant life on our planet. From strange and exotic algae, mosses, ferns, trees and flowers growing … Continue reading

September 29, 2013
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Oldest existing lizard-like fossil hints at scaly origins

The fossilised remains of a reptile closely related to lizards are the oldest yet to be discovered. Two new fossil jaws discovered in Vellberg, Germany provide the first direct evidence that the ancestors of lizards, snakes and tuatara (known collectively … Continue reading

February 10, 2013
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Jurassic Park molecules?

Enzymes evolved in the lab hold commercial and scientific promise Whether big, small, slimy, or tall, most animal bodies are symmetric. Except for sea anemones, starfish, sponges, and the like, animals have bilateral, or right-left, symmetry. Us included. The bilateral … Continue reading

March 5, 2012
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Will a Genetic Mutation Cause Trouble? Ask Spliceman

New, free Web-based software described in the journal Bioinformatics analyzes DNA sequences to determine if mutations are likely to cause errors in splicing of messenger RNA. When gene splicing goes awry, a wide variety of diseases can result. PROVIDENCE, R.I. … Continue reading

September 18, 2011
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Of Mice and Men

*The genomes of 17 common strains of lab mice were sequenced to advance genetic studies of human diseases* Scientists have sequenced the genomes (genetic codes) of 17 strains of common lab mice–an achievement that lays the groundwork for the identification … Continue reading

August 26, 2011
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Study of HIV Increase in Pakistan Could Benefit Other Research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Rates of HIV have increased in Pakistan’s general population, as the virus has spread beyond at-risk groups to women and their children, according to an international team of researchers, including a University of Florida scientist. The researchers … Continue reading

May 15, 2011
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It Takes a Community of Soil Microbes to Protect Plants From Disease

*Berkeley Lab scientists decipher immune system for plants beneath our feet* Those vegetables you had for dinner may have once been protected by an immune system akin to the one that helps you fight disease. Scientists from the U.S. Department … Continue reading