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Long-term evolution: 'Surprisingly predictable' - Futurity

STANFORD (US) — The occurrence of natural selection over the course of many generations—a process …

Evolutionary Biology

Charles Darwin letters reveal his emotional side

<b>In a collection of previously unpublished letters that have been made available online today, naturalist Charles Darwin reveals a highly emotional and personal side.</b><p>In letters to his closest friend, the botanist Joseph Hooker, he pours out his grief over the death of his daughter-in-law, Amy. He …

California Working On First Commercial Biofuel From Beets

A new pilot project in central California could lead to the first commercial sugar beet biofuel plant in the U.S.<p>Ninety-five percent of the ethanol fuel produced in the U.S. comes from corn, but one central California town is giving another sweet crop a try. Twelve farmers in Five Points, Calif., …

Scientists Find Fossil of Ancient Species of Armored Fish in Pennsylvania

Scientists have discovered a new species of armored fish in 370 million-year-old red sandstone deposits in a highway roadcut in Pennsylvania. The …

Neonicotinoid pesticides 'damage brains of bees'

<b>Commonly used pesticides are damaging honey bee brains, studies suggest.</b><p>Scientists have found that two types of chemicals called neonicotinoids and coumaphos are interfering with the insect's ability to learn and remember.<p>Experiments revealed that exposure was also lowering brain activity, …

Cancer scientists hope genetic markers will reveal how disease develops

The discovery of new genetic markers for common cancers will pave the way for tests that predict an individual's risk of disease and guide how they …

Odd lemur’s habitat limits its gene pool - Futurity

PENN STATE (US) — Sequencing the complete genomes of three populations of aye-ayes—a type of …

Prostate cancer breakthrough: Q&A

Scientists have hailed the "single biggest leap forward" in their understanding of the genetic causes of prostate cancer, from a huge study involving …

Genetic testing for prostate and breast cancer comes a step closer

Research announced on Wednesday brings us a step closer to genetic testing for prostate and breast cancers. Although we are really excited about …

300 Previously Unpublished Darwin Letters To Be Posted Online

The letters outline the experiments Charles Darwin performed at the end of his life, to support his theory of evolution.<p>In a move that would have been unimaginable to the Victorian-age gentleman, the University of Cambridge is undertaking the largest-yet upload of letters to and from Charles …

What does the genetic markers study mean for cancer research? - video

Science correspondent Ian Sample discusses the findings of a medical study that identified genetic markers for breast, ovarian and prostate cancer. …

Allergy drops instead of allergy shots? - Futurity

JOHNS HOPKINS (US) — Liquid drops with small amounts of purified grasses, ragweed, dust mites, …

Scientists Engineer Extreme Microorganisms To Make Fuel From Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide

A University of Georgia team tinkered with the genes of Pyrococcus furiosus, and the new breed is hungry for the smoggy stuff.<p>To find a way of fending off global warming, scientists sometimes look to nature. Plants, after all, use photosynthesis to snap up carbon dioxide, the biggest source of our …