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DNA from dioramas

Dr Evon Hekalla of Fordham University is planning a project to use DNA from the specimens contained in the American Museum of Natural History to compare conditions in the Congo a century ago with those now. As Dr Hekalla says, … Continue reading

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Play games and save the trees

Do you want an excuse to play games? Because here’s a good one: by playing an online game, you can help botanists solve the mystery of the fungus that’s killing so many ash trees. There’s concern in the UK about … Continue reading

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How does evolution work?

Evolution is one of those concepts that’s simultaneously well-known and misunderstood: everyone’s heard the word, but most people are a bit hazy on what it means, and how it works in practice. So if you’re interested in getting a bit … Continue reading

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De-extinction – zombie wooly mammoths? (Biodiversity ethics part 4)

It’s now theoretically possible to re-create an extinct animal, provided a sufficient sample of its DNA is found – tar pits would be a good source, as they would capture the whole animal and protect it from environmental decay. For … Continue reading

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Giant squid biodiversity

I’m pretty fond of all things squiddly, so I was concerned that Nature has a post this week about the low biodiversity of the giant squid – it seems that the giant squid (Architeuthis) are all one species, all around … Continue reading

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Deforestation and the genetic resources of tropical trees

By Andrew Lowe, Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Eleanor Dormontt. Published in the University of Adelaide’s e-Science online magazine as “Growing Solo: Deforestation and Genetic Diversity“. e-Science is available for iPad or Android, or viewable on the web here. The human destruction of … Continue reading

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