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Brian Gallagher

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    The Mystery of Mistletoe’s Missing Genes

    Mistletoes have all but shut down the powerhouses of their cells. Scientists are still trying to understand the plants’ unorthodox survival strategy.

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    Cracking the Case of the Norovirus

    A pervasive, pernicious virus has evaded vaccine developers for decades. By getting a clear look at its protective shell, they might finally know how to defeat it.

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    Can New Species Evolve From Cancers? Maybe. Here’s How.

    Researchers agree it’s a long shot, but transmissible cancers could theoretically evolve into independent species. Certain weird parasites might be living proof.

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    Rapid Oxygen Changes Fueled an Explosion in Ancient Animal Diversity

    Skyrocketing animal diversity a half-billion years ago was linked to spikes and dips in marine oxygen levels, according to a detailed geological study.

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    Scientists Discover Nearly 200,000 Kinds of Ocean Viruses

    New work raises the estimated diversity of viruses in the seas more than twelvefold and lays the groundwork for a better understanding of their impact on global nutrient cycles.

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