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2013-11-14 08:34:07

STARKVILLE, Miss., Nov. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- From Massachusetts to Mississippi, a unicellular protist is hinting at answers about the evolution of multicellularity while raising a whole new set of questions. Matthew Brown, assistant professor of biological sciences at Mississippi State University, recently led a research team that identified the protist as a new organism and classified its genomics. Jeffrey Silberman collected sediment specimens in Marstons Mills,...

Octopus-like Microorganisms Named After Science Fiction Monsters
2013-04-03 14:41:35

University of British Columbia [ Watch the Video Live Cthulhu Macrofasciculumque ] University of British Columbia researchers have discovered two new symbionts living in the gut of termites, and taken the unusual step of naming them after fictional monsters created by American horror author HP Lovecraft. The single-cell protists, Cthulhu macrofasciculumque and Cthylla microfasciculumque, help termites digest wood. The researchers decided to name them after monstrous cosmic entities...

2011-10-20 07:00:00

The BioScience Magazine Eurekamag.com publishes a wide range of user-contributed biology resources ranging from Biochemistry to Zoology. It also compiles reviews on selected topics within the basic and applied life and earth sciences. The latest inclusion in this collection of reviews is one on Gregor Mendel. (PRWEB) October 20, 2011 Biology is the scientific study of life and covers a wide range of individual disciplines. The Science Magazine EurekaMag.com currently contains 28,961...

2009-08-04 10:48:10

Amongst the smallest micro-algae belonging to the group of so-called haptophytes(1) , considerable diversity has recently been demonstrated in our oceans. Scientists from the Marine Biology Laboratory in Roscoff and Oceanographic Laboratory in Villefranche sur Mer (UPMC/CNRS), in collaboration with Rutgers University (USA) and University of Ottawa (Canada), have shown that these photosynthetic microorganisms, highly diversified and extremely abundant, are some of the most important producers...

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2008-11-21 08:15:00

Groove-like tracks on the ocean floor made by giant deep-sea single-celled organisms could lead to new insights into the evolutionary origin of animals, says biologist Mikhail "Misha" Matz from The University of Texas at Austin. Matz and his colleagues recently discovered the grape-sized protists and their complex tracks on the ocean floor near the Bahamas. This is the first time a single-celled organism has been shown to make such animal-like traces. The finding is significant, because...

2007-09-22 03:00:08

By Adl, Sina M Leander, Brian S; Simpson, Alastair G B; Archibald, John M; Et al The new classification of protists from the International Society of Protistologists (Adi et al., 2005) could not apply both the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature and the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature because the two are incompatible. The classification designated one name for each clade where multiple names from different codes had previously existed, traced authorities, and provided...