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Beetles became an evolutionary success with help from stolen microbial genes

There are more than 400,000 known beetle species - and perhaps one million more species left to discover. This makes beetles one of the most diverse groups of animals on Earth. However, the causes for their extraordinary diversity are widely debated. Many claim that herbivory... click to read more

  • Duane D. McKenna | Professor at Department of Biological Sciences and Center for Biodiversity Research, University of Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Views 3074
Reading time 3 min
published on Dec 2, 2020
Repurposing of retroviral genes: when foe becomes self

The genomes of all organisms are constantly under attack from a variety of sources, including the everyday effects of solar and ionising radiation together with chemical and oxidative insults. However, there are also more specific threats to our genomes like those that posed through invasion... click to read more

  • Ian A. Taylor | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
  • Jonathan P. Stoye | Senior Group Leader at The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK
Views 2854
Reading time 3.5 min
published on Oct 23, 2020
Carnivorous plants help uncover universal rules of plant development

Look out your window, and you might see the broad leaves of a mulberry tree or thin needles of a pine. Perhaps you have an orchid on your windowsill and have noticed the extravagant curves of its petals. All these shapes emerge from the same... click to read more

Views 3664
Reading time 4 min
published on Aug 14, 2020
Are planets with oxygen-rich atmospheres rare?

Complex life on Earth requires oxygen. Understanding how oxygen levels have evolved on our planet can provide an insight into our own evolution and the possibility of complex life evolving elsewhere. Current theories suggest that Earth's O2 levels have risen three times over its 4.5... click to read more

  • Lewis Alcott | PhD student at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
  • Benjamin Mills | Associate Professor at University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
Views 6459
Reading time 3 min
published on Aug 11, 2020
Probing the evolution of photosynthetic life on the early Earth

In a famous cartoon, a fish morphs slowly into a human as it forsakes water for dry land. With sly humor, this doodle actually captures a pervasive narrative of evolutionary history: the oceans are life's cradle, with life gaining the continents only later. Seemingly, the... click to read more

  • Andrew H. Knoll | Professor at Harvard University, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
Views 5309
Reading time 3 min
published on Jun 19, 2018