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Scientists discover new clue to the chemical origins of life

Organic chemists at the University of York have made a significant advance towards establishing the origin of the carbohydrates (sugars) that form the building blocks of life.



Gene study sheds new light on origins of British men

More than 100 million European men have a set of genes called R-M269, including about three-quarters of British men



Exploring Echinacea's enigmatic origins

A scientist is helping to sort through the jumbled genetics of Echinacea, the coneflower known for its blossoms--and its potential for treating infections, inflammation, and other human ailments.



RNA molecule with big implications for life's origins

An extremely small RNA molecule created a team of researchers can catalyse a key reaction needed to synthesise proteins, the building blocks of life.



Autism's origins

The mothers of some autistic children may have made antibodies against their foetuses' brain tissue during pregnancy that crossed the placenta and caused changes that led to autism.



The evolutionary origins of our pretty smile

It takes both teeth and jaws to make a pretty smile, but the evolutionary origins of these parts of our anatomy have only just been discovered, thanks to a particle accelerator and a long dead fish.



Origins of nanorod diameter discovered

Researchers have discovered the origins of nanorod diameter, demonstrating that the competition and collaboration among various mechanisms of atomic transport hold the key to nanorod size.



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