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Subtle shifts, not major sweeps, drove human evolution
The most popular model used by geneticists for the last 35 years to detect the footprints of human evolution may overlook more common subtle changes, a new international study finds. (2011-02-17)
New evolutionary research disproves living missing link theories
Evolution is not a steady march towards ever more sophisticated beings and therefore the search for the living (2011-02-10)
X-rays reveal hidden leg of an ancient snake
Synchrotron X-ray investigation of a fossilized snake with legs is helping scientists better understand how in the course of evolution snakes have lost their legs, and whether they evolved from terrestrial lizards or from reptiles living in the oceans. (2011-02-07)
Discovery of jumping gene cluster tangles tree of life
Since the days of Darwin, the (2011-02-04)
Introducing Wiley Open Access
Wiley today announced the launch of Wiley Open Access, a new publishing program of open-access journals. (2011-02-01)
If junk DNA is useful, why is it not shared more equally?
Recently, it has become clear that (2011-01-31)
A new appreciation of the ecology-evolution dynamic
Ecology drives evolution. In today's issue of the journal Science, UC Davis expert Thomas Schoener describes growing evidence that the reverse is also true, and explores what that might mean to our understanding of how environmental change affects species and vice-versa. (2011-01-28)
New research traces evolutionary path of multidrug-resistant strep bacteria
Scientists from Rockefeller University and the Sanger Institute have used full genome sequencing to identify the precise steps in the molecular evolution of Streptococcus pneumoniae. (2011-01-28)
'Evolution: A Developmental Approach'
What separates humans from Chimpanzees? Is it the genetics of our population, or our different structures and behavior capabilities? (2011-01-27)
High school biology teachers reluctant to endorse evolution in class
The majority of public high school biology teachers are not strong classroom advocates of evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court cases that have ruled teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. (2011-01-27)
Scientists determine what makes an orangutan an orangutan
For the first time, scientists have mapped the genome -- the genetic code -- of orangutans. (2011-01-27)
If you knew Susie -- the sequence of the orangutan genome
A large international consortium -- involving more than 30 laboratories from eight different countries -- has published the full sequence of the orangutan genome. (2011-01-26)
When continents formed
A new way to calculate the age of the Earth's crust has been developed by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of St Andrews. (2011-01-13)
Enzyme Engineering XXI
The Enzyme Engineering Conferences were initiated in 1971 and have become a leading international forum for the discussion of new developments in enzyme technology and biocatalysis, putting an emphasis on emerging technologies and focusing on both the fundamental and practical aspects. (2011-01-12)
Scientists decipher 3 billion-year-old genomic fossils
MIT scientists traced thousands of genes from modern genomes back to those genes' first appearance on Earth to create a genomic fossil telling when genes came into being and which ancient microbes possessed them. (2010-12-19)
News tips from the Quarterly Review of Biology
The December issue of the Quarterly Review of Biology features articles on the nature of individual organisms, evolution observed in the lab, play behavior across animal species, and a criticism of intelligent design creationism. (2010-12-10)
Genetic studies of human evolution win researcher 2011 Gani Medal
Major advances in our understanding of human evolution have seen Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researcher Dr. (2010-12-09)
Providing incentives to cooperate can turn swords into ploughshares
When two individuals face off in conflict, the classic problem in evolutionary biology known as the prisoner's dilemma says that the individuals are not likely to cooperate even if it is in their best interests to do so. (2010-12-07)
Science gives Understanding Evolution and Understanding Science sites SPORE award
Because of the important mission they took on with the Understanding Evolution site and then with a site designed to address the confusion regarding how science works -- called Understanding Science -- the site creators have been selected to win the Science Prize for Online Resources in Education (SPORE) award. (2010-12-02)
Darwin's theory of gradual evolution not supported by geological history, NYU scientist concludes
Charles Darwin's theory of gradual evolution is not supported by geological history, New York University geologist Michael Rampino concludes in an essay in the journal Historical Biology. (2010-11-09)
New statistical model moves human evolution back 3 million years
Evolutionary divergence of humans from chimpanzees likely occurred some 8 million years ago rather than the 5 million year estimate widely accepted by scientists, a new statistical model suggests. (2010-11-05)
UC doctoral student presents research at international conference
Clement Loo presents research at the biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association. (2010-11-04)
Gene discovery supports link between handedness and language-related disorders
Scientists at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, have identified a genetic variant which influences whether a person with dyslexia is more skilled with either the left or right hand. (2010-11-04)
Biologists, educators recognize excellence in evolution education
The National Association of Biology Teachers will recognize W. Jason Niedermeyer, a biology teacher at South Salem High School in Salem, Oregon, with the 2010 Evolution Education Award during the NABT annual professional development conference to be held Nov. (2010-10-29)
Uncovering the cause of a common form of muscular dystrophy
An international team of researchers led by an investigator from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has made a second critical advance in determining the cause of a common form of muscular dystrophy known as facioscapulohumeral dystrophy, or FSHD. (2010-10-28)
NSF awards $3.75 million grant to New York Plant Genome Consortium for the creation of BigPlant v1.0
The National Science Foundation has awarded a $3.75 million grant to a team of New York research and educational institutions to further develop BigPlant v1.0. (2010-10-25)
19-million-year-old genomic fossils of hepatitis B-like viruses in songbirds
Biologists from the University of Texas at Arlington have uncovered virus fragments from the same family of the modern hepatitis B virus locked inside the genomes of songbirds such as the modern-day zebra finch. (2010-09-28)
City living helped humans evolve immunity to TB
New research has found that a genetic variant which reduces the chance of contracting diseases such as tuberculosis and leprosy is more prevalent in populations with long histories of urban living. (2010-09-23)
Research sheds light on altruism
Using digital evolution techniques that give scientists the ability to watch evolution in action, Michigan State University researchers have shed new light on what it is that makes species altruistic. (2010-09-21)
Shorter biological marker length in aplastic anemia patients linked to higher relapse, death rates
Among patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy for severe aplastic anemia (a condition in which the bone marrow is unable to produce blood cells), the length of telomeres (chromosome markers of biological aging) was not related to the response to treatment but was associated with a higher rate of relapse (return to low blood cell counts) and lower overall survival, according to a study in the Sept. (2010-09-21)
Adapting to darkness: How behavioral and genetic changes helped cavefish survive extreme environment
University of Maryland biologists have identified how changes in both behavior and genetics led to the evolution of the Mexican blind cavefish from its sighted, surface-dwelling ancestor. (2010-09-14)
Evolution rewritten, again and again
Palaeontologists are forever claiming that their latest fossil discovery will (2010-08-31)
Scientists say natural selection alone can explain eusociality
Scientists at Harvard University have sketched a new map of the (2010-08-25)
Scared snails opt for single parenthood rather than wait for a mate
Solitary snails in search of a mate put off parenthood as long as possible in the hopes that a partner will appear. (2010-08-16)
1 great force leaves its mark across the solar system: large meteorite impacts
Some 50 years after the emergence of impact cratering studies as a distinct discipline within the geosciences, impact cratering is now recognized as a fundamental process contributing to the formation and evolution of all bodies in the Solar System. (2010-08-02)
From the heart: How cells divide to form different but related muscle groups
Using the model organism Ciona intestinalis, commonly known as the sea squirt, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have uncovered the origins of the second heart field in vertebrates. (2010-07-30)
Primitive frogs do a belly flop
Sometimes divers, to their own painful dismay, do belly flops. (2010-07-21)
'Magical thinking' about islands is an illusion
Dr. Shai Meiri of Tel Aviv University's department of zoology says that exotic island fauna is a product of evolution, but nothing more than one would expect to see by (2010-07-08)
World-renowned authorities provide current perspectives on Darwin's theory of evolution
A new book from Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, (2010-07-07)
A worm bites off enough to chew
Max Planck researchers have uncovered an ingenious evolutionary trick: a signaling chain is allocated several functions, enabling optimal adaptation to environmental conditions. (2010-07-01)
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