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Understanding the social dynamics that cause cooperation to thrive, or fail

Credit: Amiyaal Ilany Examples of cooperation abound in nature, from honeybee hives to human families. Yet it's also easy enough to find examples of selfishness and conflict. Studying the conditions that give rise to cooperation has occupied researchers for generations, with implications for understanding the forces that drive workplace dynamics, charitable giving, animal behavior, even […]

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Massive genome havoc in breast cancer is revealed

Credit: Schatz Lab, CSHL/JHU Cold Spring Harbor, NY – In cancer cells, genetic errors wreak havoc. Misspelled genes, as well as structural variations — larger-scale rearrangements of DNA that can encompass large chunks of chromosomes — disturb carefully balanced mechanisms that have evolved to regulate cell growth. Genes that are normally silent are massively activated […]

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Algae have land genes

Credit: (Picture rotated 90 degrees: Nora Stingl, Rob Roelfsema, Anna Alova) 500 million years ago, the first plants living in water took to land. The genetic adaptations associated with this transition can already be recognized in the genome of Chara braunii, a species of freshwater algae. An international research team headed by Marburg biologist Stefan […]

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Georgia State researcher gets $419,100 grant to study virus similar to Ebola virus

Credit: Georgia State University ATLANTA–Dr. Christopher Basler, a professor in the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, director of the university's Center for Microbial Pathogenesis and a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Microbial Pathogenesis, has received a two-year, $419,100 federal grant to study a virus similar to Ebola virus that causes disease […]

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