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Latest Research

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    Genes can originate de novo from random non-coding DNA. Here, the authors identify a pool of young proteins in mice that are translated at significant levels and evolved in a neutral manner, and are putative precursors of de novo genes.

    • Jorge Ruiz-Orera
    • , Pol Verdaguer-Grau
    • , José Luis Villanueva-Cañas
    • , Xavier Messeguer
    •  & M. Mar Albà
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    Analysis of Indonesia’s recent push to aggressively police illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing demonstrates a cost-effective way to improve fisheries recovery while limiting the reduction of legal catch (and the subsequent impact on food supply and profit) that could be applied to other regions.

    • Reniel B. Cabral
    • , Juan Mayorga
    • , Michaela Clemence
    • , John Lynham
    • , Sonny Koeshendrajana
    • , Umi Muawanah
    • , Duto Nugroho
    • , Zuzy Anna
    • , Mira
    • , Abdul Ghofar
    • , Nimmi Zulbainarni
    • , Steven D. Gaines
    •  & Christopher Costello
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    An in situ mesocosm experiment finds enhanced survival of Atlantic herring larvae under projected end-of-century ocean-acidification conditions, which probably results from higher primary production in higher CO2 levels.

    • Michael Sswat
    • , Martina H. Stiasny
    • , Jan Taucher
    • , Maria Algueró-Muñiz
    • , Lennart T. Bach
    • , Fredrik Jutfelt
    • , Ulf Riebesell
    •  & Catriona Clemmesen
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    A Bayesian phylogeographic analysis of vocabulary from 306 Pama–Nyungan languages suggests that the language family rose to dominance across Australia in a process of rapid replacement following an origin in the Gulf Plains region during the mid-Holocene.

    • Remco R. Bouckaert
    • , Claire Bowern
    •  & Quentin D. Atkinson
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    High-coverage exomes from 300 central African hunter-gatherers and farmers reveal recent population trends and gene flow, as well as insight into the effects these trends have had on their respective mutational loads.

    • Marie Lopez
    • , Athanasios Kousathanas
    • , Hélène Quach
    • , Christine Harmant
    • , Patrick Mouguiama-Daouda
    • , Jean-Marie Hombert
    • , Alain Froment
    • , George H. Perry
    • , Luis B. Barreiro
    • , Paul Verdu
    • , Etienne Patin
    •  & Lluís Quintana-Murci
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    Targeted enrichment of >1,000 ultraconserved elements and divergence time analysis resolves relationships among 120 major acanthomorph lineages and provides a new timescale for acanthomorph radiation in the wake of the K–Pg boundary.

    • Michael E. Alfaro
    • , Brant C. Faircloth
    • , Richard C. Harrington
    • , Laurie Sorenson
    • , Matt Friedman
    • , Christine E. Thacker
    • , Carl H. Oliveros
    • , David Černý
    •  & Thomas J. Near

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  • One of the major threats to biodiversity worldwide is international trade. The maps in this video show how consumers in the US and Japan are endangering animal species in 'threat hotspots' around the world.
  • Years before they conquered the Internet, cats colonized our sofas. DNA from over 200 cat remains shows that farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats 9,000 years ago, before a second wave of cat domestication a few thousand years later in ancient Egypt.

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