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Marine mammals may suffer dire consequences of ancient gene loss

Have you ever lost something? Perhaps you have misplaced your keys or left an umbrella in the bus. Generally speaking, losing things has negative consequences. Without your keys, you might be locked out of your house or car, and without your umbrella, you might get... click to read more

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Reading time 4 min
published on Feb 8, 2019
The conundrum of spontaneous (un)cooperation in pine sawflies

It might seem that there is always someone who works a little less than others in a group. Especially if the participation in a collective effort comes with a price. This may be the case with groups of people aiming at a common goal and... click to read more

  • Antti Miettinen | Master student at Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Carita Lindstedt | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Centre of Excellence in Biological Interactions, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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Reading time 3.5 min
published on Jan 25, 2019
The mystery of mistletoe mitochondria

Mistletoe is an evergreen parasitic plant that lives on trees and steals water and nutrients from them. It features in European folklore as a symbol for fertility and vitality, is a well-known addition to Christmas and is also known to comic fans as the main... click to read more

  • Andrew Maclean | Postdoctoral Research Assistant at Wellcome Centre For Molecular Parasitology, Institute of Infection & Inflammation, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, UK
  • Janneke Balk | Project Leader at Department of Biological Chemistry, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Etienne Meyer | Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Max-Planck-Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology, Potsdam-Golm, Germany
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Reading time 4 min
published on Dec 21, 2018
How the domestic rabbit became fearless

The domestication of animals progresses gradually as wild animals' genomes evolve and they adapt to life in captivity. Such genetic changes may manifest themselves in how an animal looks, behaves, functions and reproduces. The most striking of these modifications is tameness, - a common feature... click to read more

  • Leif Andersson | Professor at Department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden
  • Irene Brusini | PhD student at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Miguel Carneiro | Researcher at CIBIO/InBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto, Vairão, Portugal
  • Mats Fredrikson | Professor at Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Chunliang Wang | Researcher at Department of Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
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Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 18, 2018
The saiga antelope is hit by a meteorological bullet

Saiga, a central Asian antelope, known for their bizarre facial features and as a unique survivor of the Pleistocene, is facing a crisis. In May of 2015, when their population was finally recovering from poaching during the collapse of the Soviet Union, reaching a quarter... click to read more

  • Richard Kock | Professor at Pathobiology and Population Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
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Reading time 4 min
published on Nov 21, 2018