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2005-07-05 18:05:43

According to folklore, Polynesians originated from a mythical homeland called Hawaiki. Their origins and the existence of such a place, however, have been the subject of much speculation. In a new study in the premier open access journal PLoS Biology, Jean Trejaut and colleagues now provide the first direct evidence for the common ancestry of Polynesians and indigenous Taiwanese. Genetic techniques involving mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have been used to try and determine whether there is a...

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2004-12-08 08:20:00

Less can be more, at least with regard to how genes organize themselves into an entire ecosystem. Two new studies reveal how genes maintain control and don't run wild in a single organism, and then how few genes it may take to predict new branches on the tree of life. Astrobiology Magazine -- It is tricky enough to get a soccer team of eleven players to cooperate and work as one - but what would it be like if there were 25,000 players on the field? What would the rules be like, and how many...


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mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.