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Climate change is disrupting the birds and the bees

Our changing climate seems set to disrupt just about everything. From rising sea levels to ocean acidification, the list of negative consequences from climate change is endless. But one area that often goes unmentioned in the climate change discussion is sex.


Epigenetics aids fly development

Flies inherit epigenetic marks that are crucial for development.


Baboons use intimidation to win females

Aggressive mating practices, previously seen only in humans and chimps, may be more widespread.

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The Scientist

Nine Decades of Environmental Change Resurrected From Swedish ...

Scientists bring marine plankton back to life to study past climate change.


Snake disease turns up in Europe

A deadly fungus that causes skin lesions in snakes has been detected in wild European species for the first time.


European stallions have oriental ancestors

Most modern horse breeds are descended from oriental stallions imported less than 700 years ago.

The Scientist

Was a Drop in CRISPR Firms' Stock Warranted?

Last week, a study made headlines worldwide with its claim that the CRISPR-Cas9 genome-editing technique is more error prone than expected. In response, some investors chose to sell their shares in CRISPR-based biotech firms and stock values dipped by up to 15 percent for some companies.

But do the findings in the latest CRISPR report justify all this panic?

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Early whales listened like their land-based ancestors

The first whales probably could not communicate underwater over long distances.


Why some drug-resistant bacteria thrive in hospitals

Adaptations to terrestrial life could be the key to their success.


Early farmers bred with hunter-gatherers

Ancient human DNA suggests that the first farmers moved across Europe and closely integrated with hunter-gatherers.


Wheat genome surrenders its genetic secrets

Scientists have built the most accurate wheat genome map yet, and discovered thousands of new genes.

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This caterpillar can digest plastic

Wax-moth larvae could inspire biotechnological methods for degrading plastic.

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The Scientist

No Place to Hide

Environmental DNA is tracking down difficult-to-detect species, from rock snot in the U.S. to cave salamanders in Croatia.

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Cuttlefish change skin texture to blend in

The masters of marine masquerade can morph from rough to smooth in less than a second.


Illegal bushmeat trade threatens human health and great apes

Great apes and other wildlife are hunted and eaten as bushmeat across Central Africa, threatening dwindling populations and spreading disease, such as Ebola.