Biology

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Earliest Pacific seafarers were matrilocal society, study suggests
DNA analysis of 164 individuals from 2,800 to 300 years ago shows men would move to be with their wives

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

30, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Dogs arose from two populations of wolves, study finds
Dogs genetically most similar to ancient Siberian wolves, but they are not direct ancestors and plenty of questions remain

Nicola Davis Science correspondent

29, Jun, 2022 @3:55 PM

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Do we need a new theory of evolution?
The long read: A new wave of scientists argues that mainstream evolutionary theory needs an urgent overhaul. Their opponents have dismissed them as misguided careerists – and the conflict may determine the future of biology

Stephen Buranyi

28, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Viruses survive in fresh water by ‘hitchhiking’ on plastic, study finds
Intestinal viruses such as rotavirus were found to be infectious for up to three days by attaching to microplastics, research shows

Karen McVeigh

27, Jun, 2022 @5:01 AM

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Frogs that lay eggs on land – new WA genus named after teacher whose lab was a campervan
Anstisia biological group named after Marion Anstis, who wrote an acclaimed book on amphibians after retiring as a music teacher

Donna Lu

26, Jun, 2022 @5:30 PM

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Can our mitochondria help to beat long Covid?
Mitochondria play a role in many aspects of keeping us healthy – and could be the key to unlocking treatments for chronic diseases, including Parkinson’s

David Cox

26, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Sleep scientist Russell Foster: ‘I want to take the anxiety around sleep away’
The Oxford professor has studied our circadian rhythms for decades – and says much of what we think we know is wrong

Killian Fox

25, Jun, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Scientists discover world’s largest bacterium, the size of an eyelash
At about 1cm long, Thiomargarita magnifica is roughly 50 times larger than all other known giant bacteria

Hannah Devlin Science correspondent

23, Jun, 2022 @6:00 PM

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Spread of ‘free-range’ farming may raise risk of animal-borne pandemics – study
If we can’t dramatically cut meat consumption then intensive ‘factory farming’ may be comparatively less risky, say authors

John Vidal

23, Jun, 2022 @4:10 PM

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Mites that mate on our faces at night face extinction threat
Study of tiny parasites points to gene loss from adaptation putting them on dead-end evolutionary course

Linda Geddes Science correspondent

22, Jun, 2022 @6:41 PM

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Covid reinfections in the UK: how likely are you to catch coronavirus again?
Covid reinfections have become increasingly common, due to decline in antibodies and the evolution of the virus

Linda Geddes

22, Jun, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Half in UK back genome editing to prevent severe diseases
Survey also finds younger generations far more in favour of designer babies than older people are

Ian Sample Science editor

22, Jun, 2022 @5:00 AM

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