Transposable elements modify gene regulation in maize to confer drought tolerance, alter flowering time, and enable plants to grow in toxic aluminum soils.
The comforting old assumption seems more hollow by the day. The “gathering revolt” has arrived.
If you’ve ever watched ants busily tunneling in an ant farm, you may have noticed that the intricate finished product rarely collapses. Why is that?
They appear in the early Cambrian fossil record: the first examples of the most diverse phylum on earth. Who knew their skills would become the envy of human engineers?
Our ability to adapt to fantastically diverse circumstances did not result from the happenstance of environmental conditions.