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Parasitic Trypanosomes Contain Nature’s Only Chain Mail DNA

The organisms that cause us untold suffering can also be astounding works of art, sculpted by evolution into elegant, deadly packages. Such is the case for the trypanosomes, the protists I discussed last time as the source of Chagas Disease, but which also cause sleeping sickness in Africa.

December 12, 2014 — Jennifer Frazer
Why Life Does Not Really Exist

Why Life Does Not Really Exist

I have been fascinated with living things since childhood. Growing up in northern California, I spent a lot of time playing outdoors among plants and animals.

December 2, 2013 — Ferris Jabr
DNA stories

DNA stories

This post was originally written for the Superflux blog. Superflux is a collaborative design practice working at the intersection of emerging technologies and everyday life to design for a world in flux.

September 30, 2013 — Christina Agapakis

Octopus Genome Remains Elusive—But Full of Promise

As many mysteries as the octopus holds—its comprehensive camouflage, smart suckers, agile brain—its genome is surely holding many more (including how it can regenerate its arms—suckers, nerves and all).

December 30, 2014 — Katherine Harmon Courage

Along the Tiger's Trail: Genetic Studies Aid Conservation

Editor's Note: "Along the Tiger's Trail" is a  series about the efforts to monitor tigers and their prey in the Malenad landscape in southwestern India that harbors one of the world's largest population of wild tigers.

April 23, 2015 — Vishnupriya S. and Dr. Samba Kumar

Policing Seafood with DNA

A federal task force should look seriously at investing in genomic methods that allow the simultaneous study of multiple genes

August 19, 2015 — Ben Shouse and Scott Baker