15 Fascinating Facts About Fruit Flies
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Scientists Spy on Whale Sharks by Testing the Water They Swim In
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12 Famous Artists With Synesthesia
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6 Downsides of Human Evolution
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How Chipmunks and Striped Mice Got Their Adorable Stripes
Scientists have found the genetic origin of stripes in chipmunks and African mice.... READ ON
One Gene Mutation Links Three Mysterious, Debilitating Diseases
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Beer Yeasts Are Surprisingly Diverse, Study Finds
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Your Dog's Interest in You Might Be Genetic
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DNA of Ancient Cats Traces the Path of Their Global Conquest
Cats have been using humans for thousands of years.... READ ON
Researchers Develop "Species from Feces" DNA Tool to Identify Bats
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Water Bears’ DNA Makes Them Practically Indestructible
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We Thought There Was One Giraffe Species—But There Are Four
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Why Can't Mules Have Babies?
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Report Finds Microsoft Excel Causes Errors in 20 Percent of Genomics Studies
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Are You a Coffee Fiend? It Might Be in Your DNA
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Cooperative Living May Speed Up Ant Evolution
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