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"I cannot think of a single field in biology or medicine in which we can claim genuine understanding, and it seems to me the more we learn about living creatures, especially ourselves, the stranger life becomes."
Lewis Thomas 1980
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Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth - Washington Post

Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth - Washington Post | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Washington Post Scientists find ancient plague DNA in teeth Washington Post LONDON — Scientists say two of the deadliest pandemics in history were caused by strains of the same plague and warn that new versions of the bacteria could spark future...
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Why Does This Virus Have Spider DNA?

Why Does This Virus Have Spider DNA? | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?
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More than 400 ancient human are found near a sacred African volcano

More than 400 ancient human are found near a sacred African volcano | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
The huge cache of footprints were found on mudflats on the southern shore of Lake Natron in the village of Engare Sero in northern Tanzania.
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A Fitbit for Your Placenta

A Fitbit for Your Placenta | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Researchers have developed a device that can track the mysterious organ in real time, and may help unlock the key to a healthy pregnancy.
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Scientists: Endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog rebounding in Yosemite Park

Scientists: Endangered Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog rebounding in Yosemite Park | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
A California frog once on the brink of extinction is making a comeback at Yosemite National Park
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A Google Maps for the Human Body

A Google Maps for the Human Body | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
A group of scientists has taken the first important steps towards creating the Human Cell Atlas—a complete inventory of our staggeringly diverse cells.
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Nasa spots most distant galaxy cluster ever seen

Nasa spots most distant galaxy cluster ever seen | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Astronomers have discovered the most distant galaxy cluster ever observed, glimpsing a stage of evolution that’s never been seen before. The cluster is roughly 11.1 billion light-years away.
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Giant Panda no longer endangered species, say conservationists

Giant Panda no longer endangered species, say conservationists | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
The Giant Panda is no longer an endangered species following decades of rescue efforts, conservationists have confirmed.
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What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain

What a Bad Decision Looks Like in the Brain | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Economics hasn’t been able to explain irrational choices. Can neuroscience?
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Loneliness can be depressing, but it may have helped humans survive

Loneliness can be depressing, but it may have helped humans survive | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Genes may explain why some people feel less bad than others when they’re lonely.
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Diet of the great ape varies with rank

Diet of the great ape varies with rank | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany analysed stable nitrogen and carbon isotopes in local plant foods and 101 bonobo hair samples.
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A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find

A Single Migration From Africa Populated the World, Studies Find | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Unprecedented DNA analyses of people in indigenous populations suggest that almost all non-Africans trace their roots to one migration from the continent.
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Taking ultrasound to the molecular level

Taking ultrasound to the molecular level | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Ultrasound could be used to image cells and molecules deep inside the human body thanks to developments in protein engineering at Caltech in the US.
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Analysis of ancient DNA reveals how cats spread around the world

Analysis of ancient DNA reveals how cats spread around the world | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
A study of DNA from over 200 ancient cats revealed two distinct waves of population growth in Eurasia and Africa. Study suggests they expanded with farming and seafaring communities.
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Rosetta spacecraft enters final stage of comet crash mission

Rosetta spacecraft enters final stage of comet crash mission | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA), celebrated the end of the 12 year mission today at the mission control centre in Darmstadt, western Germany
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Self-assembling polymers use evolutionary principles

Self-assembling polymers use evolutionary principles | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Researchers from City University New York (CUNY) have developed a technique that allows polymers to self-assemble in numerous configurations, reorganising their structure according to their environment.
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It’s time to get real about conservation

It’s time to get real about conservation | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
To protect endangered species from extinction, the ecological community must become more politically involved, argues Aaron M. Ellison.
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Mars-bound astronauts face chronic dementia risk from galactic cosmic ray exposure

Mars-bound astronauts face chronic dementia risk from galactic cosmic ray exposure | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Will astronauts traveling to Mars remember much of it?
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Tasmanian devil developing resistance to deadly face cancer which may allow them to 'save themselves' 

Tasmanian devil developing resistance to deadly face cancer which may allow them to 'save themselves'  | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Tasmanian devils are developing an evolutionary response to a deadly transmissible cancer that has wiped out 80% of the species in the past 20 years, a new study has found.
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Warming oceans are 'sick,' global scientists warn

Warming oceans are 'sick,' global scientists warn | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
The findings were compiled by 80 scientists from 12 countries at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in Hawaii.
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Oxford surgeons perform world-first robotic eye surgery with R2D2

Oxford surgeons perform world-first robotic eye surgery with R2D2 | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Surgeons at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, have carried out the world’s first internal eye operation using a robot, remotely controlling the machine to lift a membrane 100th of a millimetre thick from a patient’s retina.
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Does Our Galaxy Have a Habitable Zone? - Universe Today

It’s not just our Solar System that has a habitable zone, it turns out our entire galaxy has regions which would be hostile to the formation of life as we know it.
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How trees talk to each other

How trees talk to each other | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding discovery -- trees talk, often and over vast distances.
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Wildlife regulators to ban all commercial trade of pangolins

Wildlife regulators to ban all commercial trade of pangolins | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
Scaly anteaters are being given the highest level of protection against the international trade which is driving them towards extinction.
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Shark culling could indirectly accelerate climate change, study warns - The Guardian

Shark culling could indirectly accelerate climate change, study warns - The Guardian | Focus on Biology | Scoop.it
The findings come as shark experts meet at a summit at Taronga Zoo in Sydney to discuss emerging technologies that can deter the marine predators
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