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Danger avoidance can be genetically encoded for four generations, say biologists

Princeton University researchers have discovered that learned behaviors can be inherited for multiple generations in C. elegans, transmitted from parent to progeny via eggs and sperm cells. The paper detailing this finding, by Rebecca Moore, Rachel Kaletsky and Coleen Murphy, appears... Continue Reading →


Pain free, thanks to evolution

African mole-rats are insensitive to many different kinds of pain. As an international research team led by the MDC's Gary Lewin reports in Science, this characteristic has even allowed mole-rats to populate new habitats. Thanks to a genetic change, the highveld... Continue Reading →

Bedbugs evolved more than 100 million years ago and walked the earth with T. rex

Researchers shed light on the complex evolutionary past of bedbugs.Study finds bedbugs have been parasitic companions with other species aside from humans for more than 100 million years, and were around at the same time as dinosaurs.Experts discover bedbugs are... Continue Reading →

Water Anole

Meet the¬†water anole, a small lizard native to the tropics of Central America.¬†While studying these anoles, researchers discovered that they could flee underwater and remain submerged for 16 minutes or more at a time. Curious to see how the lizard... Continue Reading →

European Robin (Erithacus rubecula)

Very common and familiar species (as its name indicates it), the European Robin is really the king of the gardens. Rather solitary outside the breeding season, it is very close to us in winter, begging some bread crumbs at the... Continue Reading →

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