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Rethinking the Corny History of Maize

Brigit Katz Smithsonian Magazine
A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world’s most vital crops from Mexico to South America

The Revolution That Rewrote Life's History

David Quammen The Atlantic
Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of the study of life’s diversity and relatedness at the molecular level is the movement of genes across species lines - HGT. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important.

What Did Ancient Whales Look Like?

Nick Pyenson Science Friday
Author and curator Nick Pyenson describes the similarities and differences between humans and our distant mammalian relatives.

Where Did Viruses Come From?

 
There are fossils of viruses, of sorts, preserved in the DNA of the hosts that they’ve infected. Including you. This molecular fossil trail can help us understand where viruses came from, how they evolved and even whether viruses are alive.

Why Is the Naked Mole Rat So Weird?

Naked mole rats feel no pain. They’re exceptionally long-lived. They frequently enter reversible comas, and a single queen mole rat rules over her colony with totalitarian authority. They can also survive without oxygen for extended periods of time.

Do Women Want to Be Oppressed?

John Horgan Scientific American
Evolutionary theorists propose that female desire for domineering males helped create a patriarchal world
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