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19 September 2016

For ants, ’elite’ individuals are not always so effective [Phys]

We all know that social insects, such as ants, often work together to achieve effective responses to environmental challenges.
However, research by the University of Bristol, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, has now uncovered that the contributions of different individuals within such groups vary.

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17 September 2016

Ancestral gene sequence reconstruction benchmarked via synthetic phylogeny [Phys]

For some 20 years, scientists have used algorithms to compute their way hundreds of millions of years back into the evolutionary past. Starting with present-day gene sequences, they perform what’s called ancestral sequence reconstruction (ASR) to determine past mutations and figure out the genes’ primal forerunners.

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17 September 2016

Mystery of colourful giant plants of the subantarctic solved [Phys]

The mystery of why so many plants on New Zealand’s otherwise bleak subantarctic islands have very large deeply coloured flowers and giant leaves has been solved by new University of Otago research.

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15 September 2016

Harnessing the Power of Gene Drives to Save Wildlife [Scientific American]

New gene-editing technology breakthroughs could help save native species from the blight of invaders—but at what risk ?

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14 September 2016

Anthropocène : sujet géologique ou sociétal ? [Le Monde - Sciences]

Par Patrick De Wever, professeur au Muséum national d’histoire naturelle de Paris et Stanley Finney, professeur à l’université de Californie à Long Beach.

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