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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Gene Wars: Dueling Geniuses

In the most recent issue of Newsweek, science writer Lily Huang offers a good overview of the “competition” between George Church and Craig Venter, two titans of cutting-edge DNA sequencing and synthetic biology. The importance, and eventual impact, of what these two are doing is hard to overstate, and my own recent visit to the […]

Tropical Evolution Accelerated

Via “Tropical mammals are evolving faster than those found at high latitudes or elevations, according to a study published online today (June 23) in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. This pattern had previously been found in plants and marine protists [algae, plankton, amoebae, etc.] but until now was assumed to apply only to […]