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Arsenic: Poison and Building Block for Life?
Although NASA’s announcement Dec. 2 from California hinted at extraterrestrial life, it certainly didn’t prove it. Still, biology professor Patrick Williamson says there’s cause to be excited that scientists may have created a bacterium that uses an element normally considered toxic. Read more here....
Disease Likely Not a Common Cause of Species Extinction, New Amherst Study Finds
Challenging the widespread belief that rare and endangered plants and animals are unhealthy, a new study has found they in fact harbor a lower number and diversity of disease-causing parasites than non-threatened, close relatives of the same family, according to Amherst College biology professor Michael Hood and his research team. Read more here...