Cellulose Doesn’t Just Happen
The most abundant biopolymer on Earth requires a host of machines, genes, proteins, and accessories.
Starship Enterprise: Fungal Transposons Boldly Go
Newly recognized large transposable elements in fungi dubbed Starships may not be selfish after all.
The 200th Birthday of Louis Pasteur: A Man of Science and Faith
In the 19th century, it was widely believed that the spontaneous generation of life from non-life was common and unremarkable.
Beneficial Borgs Have Landed
Borg theory represents a major paradigm shift about how genetic information is stored and shared.
Rare Earth: How Vital Minerals “Evolve”
It’s intriguing that life as we know it depends on a seemingly un-natural distribution of minerals.