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Deadly and Delicious Amanitas Can No Longer Decompose

The iconic Amanita muscaria. You may have seen some smurfs living in one of these. Public domain; click image for link. Amanita mushrooms -- like all creatures -- rot, but most of them can't rot other things.The fact that they don't rot other things is not news to biologists, who have long known that many, if not most, fungi have become professional partners with trees, plants, or algae.The fact that they can't rot other things -- as reported in July in PLoS ONE -- is news, and provides a clue to how symbiotic partnerships can withstand the temptations of leaving and the sometimes dissonant interests of their symbiotic partners...

September 21, 2012 — Jennifer Frazer

Farmed Fish Need to Keep Fit

Farmed fish don't get the exercise of their wild counterparts, which can make them unfit, prone to illness and less profitable for farmers. Gretchen Cuda Kroen reports

September 20, 2012

Hidden Treasures in Junk DNA

What was once known as junk DNA turns out to hold hidden treasures, says computational biologist Ewan Birney

September 18, 2012 — Stephen S. Hall

Chemical BPA Linked to Obesity in Children

White children exposed to high levels of bisphenol A are five times more likely to be obese than peers with low levels of the chemical, according to new research

September 18, 2012 — Brian Bienkowski and Environmental Health News
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