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2009-11-09 14:36:14

Rice evolutionary biologists argue for new meaning of 'organismality' Rice University evolutionary biologists David Queller and Joan Strassmann argue in a new paper that high cooperation and low conflict between components, from the genetic level on up, give a living thing its "organismality," whether that thing is an animal, a plant, a bacteria "“ or a colony. Some of the traits scientists use to describe an organism, such as individuality or even membership in the same species, may...

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2009-03-12 09:00:00

A Rice University study of microbes from a Houston-area cow pasture has confirmed once again that everything is bigger in Texas, even the single-celled stuff. The tests revealed the first-ever report of a large, natural colony of amoebae clones -- a Texas-sized expanse measuring at least 12 meters across. The research is available online and featured on cover of the March issue of Molecular Ecology. Some large organisms like aspen trees and sea anemones are well-known for growing in large...

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2008-05-29 15:52:16

The contentious debate about why insects evolved to put the interests of the colony over the individual has been reignited by new research from the University of Leeds, showing that they do so to increase the chances that their genes will be passed on. A team led by Dr Bill Hughes of the University's Faculty of Biological Sciences studied 'kin selection' "“ the theory that an animal may pass on its genes by helping relatives to reproduce, because they share common genes, rather than by...


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omadhaun
  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.