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February 13, 2016
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Camouflage really does reduce the chances of being eaten

A ground-breaking study has confirmed the long held assumption that camouflage protects animals from the clutches of predators, and offers insights into the most important aspects of camouflage. The research, by scientists from the Universities of Exeter and Cambridge, investigated … Continue reading

July 3, 2014
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Scholars and scientists explore factors underlying serendipitous discoveries

What do Velcro, Tang, penicillin, the structure of DNA and the World Wide Web have in common? They all involved serendipitous discoveries—chance discoveries made by alert, curious scientists who were looking for other things when they happened across a fortuitous … Continue reading

May 16, 2013
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Carnivorous Plant Throws Out ‘Junk’ DNA

The newly sequenced genome of the carnivorous bladderwort plant contradicts the notion that vast quantities of noncoding DNA are crucial for complex life. UA researchers helped solve the puzzle by providing specialized genome analyses and computational software. Genes – the … Continue reading

August 26, 2012
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Form, Function and Folding: In Collaboration with Berkeley Lab, a Team of Scientists Move Toward Rational Design of Artificial Proteins

In the world of proteins, form defines function. Based on interactions between their constituent amino acids, proteins form specific conformations, folding and twisting into distinct, chemically directed shapes. The resulting structure dictates the proteins’ actions; thus accurate modeling of structure … Continue reading

July 5, 2012
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Gecko Feet Don’t Stick Around

The lizards have gained and lost adhesive toes many times Who wouldn’t envy the little gecko as it dashes up a smooth wall or hangs from a ceiling by a toe? An engineer’s dream, gecko feet combine the best of … Continue reading

February 24, 2012
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Evolution of Earliest Horses Driven by Climate Change

*The hotter it gets, the smaller the animal?* When Sifrhippus sandae, the earliest known horse, first appeared in the forests of North America more than 50 million years ago, it would not have been mistaken for a Clydesdale. It weighed … Continue reading

January 28, 2012
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Biologically Best

*The U’s active learning biology courses garner attention* What if you could remove lead from a person’s blood with a bacterial protein that snags the toxic metal? Or treat spinal cord injury by shutting off a gene that prevents nerve … Continue reading

January 27, 2012
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MSU Researchers Show How New Viruses Evolve, And in Some Cases, Become Deadly

EAST LANSING, Mich. — In the current issue of Science, researchers at Michigan State University demonstrate how a new virus evolves, which sheds light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations. The scientists showed for … Continue reading