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in Evolution & Behaviour

Survival of the friendliest

What makes dogs so uniquely friendly? Scientists have studied the unique relationship between humans and domestic dogs for decades, but the role of genetics in shaping canine sociability remains poorly understood.

published on Dec 13, 2017 by Emily Shuldiner , Bridgett vonHoldt , Monique Udell | 3.5 min read
in Evolution & Behaviour
Plants have deep roots in time

The evolutions of modern plants set its beginning earlier than we thought. Where it all began? How photosynthesis became a plants' feature? Old fossils hold the answer.

Dec 6, 2017 | 3.5 min read
in Plant Biology
Bringing the flavor back to modern tomatoes

Wondering why modern tomatoes are often so tasteless? New insights on their DNA offer a roadmap to bring back their tasty flavor.

Dec 1, 2017 | 3 min read
in Microbiology
Red in Tooth and Claw: another weapon against antibiotic resistance

A new synthetic antibiotic may lead the way to develop further strategies against superbugs

Oct 3, 2017 | 3.5 min read
A new code for a new life
May 26, 2016 | 3.5 min read


Driving down malaria
Jul 18, 2017 | 4 min read

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