Biology

What is life? Biologists tackle this question by studying living organisms, their development, anatomy, physiology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, and evolution.

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Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future

David L. Hu

Princeton UP, 2018

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A Radical New History of Life

David Quammen

Simon & Schuster, 2018

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Unlike our ape cousins, humans require high levels of physical activity to be healthy.

Herman Pontzer

Scientific American, 2019

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The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life

Ed Yong

Ecco, 2016

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Origins of mutations in single cells during human brain development and aging are revealed

Je H. Lee

Science, 2018

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The womb was thought to be sterile. Some scientists argue it’s where the microbiome begins.

Cassandra Willyard

Nature, 2018

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Evolution and the Meanings of Life

Daniel C. Dennett

Simon & Schuster, 1996

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Evolution favours the body form best adapted to the local environment, but it can also favour rare forms. Stickleback experiments reveal how these two selection forces can interact, and how this can limit population divergence.

David N. Reznick and Joseph Travis

Nature, 2017

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Chan Zuckerberg Science will prioritize the elements that made roundworm studies soar – creativity, openness and shareable resources, writes its president, Cori Bargmann.

Cori Bargmann

Nature, 2018

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A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel

Grand Central, 2017

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