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  1. Microbes

    One giant leap for zit-causing microbes

    A bacterium that lives on humans and causes acne also hopped to domesticated grapevines and relies on the plant for crucial DNA repairs.

  2. Animals

    A fish reared out of water walks better

    The normally aquatic fish Senegal bichir raised on land suggests how ancient species might have transitioned into terrestrial ones.

  3. Animals

    Some birds adapt to Chernobyl’s radiation

    Some birds seem to fare well in and near the Chernobyl exclusion zone, but overall the nuclear disaster has been bad news for the region’s bird populations.

  4. Genetics

    DNA changes may show how whales adapted to water

    Comparing the genetic material of whales has revealed DNA changes that may have helped the animals adapt to aquatic environments.

  5. Animals

    Tiger, lion and domestic cat genes not so different

    Genomes of big felines provide insight into their evolution.

  6. Life

    Many genes in dolphins and bats evolved in the same way to allow echolocation

    Widespread changes scattered across the genomes of distantly related species cooperated to craft the trait.

  7. Genetics

    Scorpion’s sting evolved from insects’ defensive proteins

    With a single genetic mutation, an insect’s defensive proteins can be transformed into a toxin that gives scorpions their signature sting, a new study shows.

  8. Animals

    Leaping land fish avoids predators by blending in

    The Pacific leaping blenny avoids being eaten by predators by blending into its rocky habitat.

  9. Plants

    Dastardly daisies

    This flower isn’t just any old sex cheat. It can be sexually deceptive three ways and in 3-D.

  10. Animals

    The daemon cat that never was

    Buried in a volume published in 1904 is a description of a new species of cat found in Transcaucasia: Felis daemon, the Black Wild Cat.

  11. Animals

    In the Eye of the Tiger

    Global spread of Asian tiger mosquito could fuel outbreaks of tropical disease in temperate regions.

  12. Animals

    Evolutionary enigmas

    Comb jelly genetics suggest a radical redrawing of the tree of life.