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Finding the roots and early branches of the tree of life

A study published in PLoS Computational Biology maps the development of life-sustaining chemistry to the history of early life. Researchers Rogier Braakman and Eric Smith of the Santa Fe Institute traced the six methods of carbon fixation seen in modern life back to a single ancestral form. read more
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Early infant growth rate linked to composition of gut microbiota

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (2 years ago)

The composition of gut microbiota in a new-born baby's gut has been linked to the rate of early infant growth, reports research published this week in PLOS Computational Biology. The findings support the assertion that the early dev... Read Post

Computer network rivals primate brain in object recognition

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (yesterday)

Primates visually recognise and determine the category of an object even at a brief glance, and to date, this behaviour has been unmatched by artificial systems. A study publishing this week in PLOS Computational Biology has found t... Read Post

Team develops 'cool' new method for probing how molecules fold

Academics / General Science : Science Codex (yesterday)

LA JOLLA, CA--December 18, 2014--Collaborating scientists from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) and the University of California (UC) San Diego have developed a powerful new system for studying how proteins and other biological... Read Post


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