DNA from taxidermy specimens explains genetic structure of British and Irish goats

Modern-day British and Irish goats used in agriculture lack genetic diversity. DNA comparisons were made with decades-old taxidermy specimens -- the first time such specimens have been used to answer questions about livestock genetics.

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Shedding new light on the evolution of the squid

Octopus, cuttlefish and squid are well known in the invertebrate world. With their ink-squirting decoy technique, ability to change color, bizarre body plan and remarkable intelligence they highlight that lacking a back-bone doesn't always mean lacking sophistication.

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