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News & Comment

  • News & Views |

    Two analyses of developmental patterning functions of leg and wing genes in a crustacean provide complementary support for the incorporation of proximal leg components into the body wall during the crustacean–insect transition, but lead to duelling models for which portion(s) re-emerged from the body as wings.

    • Frank W. Smith
    •  & Elizabeth L. Jockusch
  • Comment |

    The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development presents an exceptional opportunity to effect positive change in ocean use. We outline what is required of the deep-sea research community to achieve these ambitious objectives.

    • Kerry L. Howell
    • , Ana Hilário
    • , A. Louise Allcock
    • , David Bailey
    • , Maria Baker
    • , Malcolm R. Clark
    • , Ana Colaço
    • , Jon Copley
    • , Erik E. Cordes
    • , Roberto Danovaro
    • , Awantha Dissanayake
    • , Elva Escobar
    • , Patricia Esquete
    • , Austin J. Gallagher
    • , Andrew R. Gates
    • , Sylvie M. Gaudron
    • , Christopher R. German
    • , Kristina M. Gjerde
    • , Nicholas D. Higgs
    • , Nadine Le Bris
    • , Lisa A. Levin
    • , Elisabetta Manea
    • , Craig McClain
    • , Lenaick Menot
    • , Nelia C. Mestre
    • , Anna Metaxas
    • , Rosanna Milligan
    • , Agnes W. N. Muthumbi
    • , Bhavani E. Narayanaswamy
    • , Sofia P. Ramalho
    • , Eva Ramirez-Llodra
    • , Laura M. Robson
    • , Alex D. Rogers
    • , Javier Sellanes
    • , Julia D. Sigwart
    • , Kerry Sink
    • , Paul V. R. Snelgrove
    • , Paris V. Stefanoudis
    • , Paulo Y. Sumida
    • , Michelle L. Taylor
    • , Andrew R. Thurber
    • , Rui Vieira
    • , Hiromi K. Watanabe
    • , Lucy C. Woodall
    •  & Joana R. Xavier
  • Comment |

    The study of environmental DNA can reveal information about the history and presence of Indigenous communities on their lands — potentially even inadvertently. Better engagement with the ethical aspects of environmental DNA research is required in the field as a whole, and especially for researchers working on Indigenous lands.

    • Matilda Handsley-Davis
    • , Emma Kowal
    • , Lynette Russell
    •  & Laura S. Weyrich
  • Correspondence |

    • Douglas Zeppelini
    • , Ana Dal Molin
    • , Carlos J. E. Lamas
    • , Carlos Sarmiento
    • , Cristina A. Rheims
    • , Daniell R. R. Fernandes
    • , Elison F. B. Lima
    • , Evandro N. Silva
    • , Fernando Carvalho-Filho
    • , Ľubomír Kováč
    • , James Montoya-Lerma
    • , Oana T. Moldovan
    • , Pedro G. B. Souza-Dias
    • , Peterson R. Demite
    • , Rodrigo M. Feitosa
    • , Sarah L. Boyer
    • , Wanda M. Weiner
    •  & William C. Rodrigues

Videos

  • Researchers have performed the most comprehensive study to date on pollinator feeding habits in cities. They document what plants pollinators prefer and use computer models to predict the best ways to help them thrive.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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