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June 13, 2019


What Exactly Do Genes Do?

In the 1940s biologists George Beadle and Edward Tatum wanted to “find out what genes do by making them defective.”

May 10, 2019


The Parrot’s Surprising Evolutionary Past

When scientists studied parrot genes involved in brain development, they were surprised to find some unexpected similarities with humans.

October 23, 2018


Genetically Engineered Houseplants And Air Quality

In the future, you could have the option to buy houseplants that will alert you to harmful bacteria or gases accumulating in your home’s air.

October 12, 2018


Why Don’t Chimpanzees Get Cancer?

Why are diseases like cancer so common in humans but so rare in chimps?

October 8, 2018


How To Find A Tasty Tomato

Scientists have found another reason why modern tomatoes have little or no taste. It's in their genes.

October 3, 2018


Octopuses Are Smart

Octopuses have a complex genome that is nearly the size of the human genome.

September 20, 2018


How Did Saltwater Steelhead Trout Evolve To Live In Freshwater?

Within the last century, saltwater steelhead trout evolved to live in freshwater.

July 10, 2017


What is your favorite bird song?

Bird Song Genes, FoxP2, And Reelin

Scientists studying zebra finch brains have identified about 2000 vocalization genes in a brain region known as Area X.

June 7, 2017


Watch out for the Asian Clam!

Clam Attack!

If you think the Clones on Star Wars were a threat, just wait until you hear about Asian clams.

May 31, 2017


In the past, between two and six percent of African elephants were born without tusks.

No Tusks

A significant number of elephants are being born without tusks.

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