State of the Planet

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genomics

  • Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

    Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

    A new initiative of the Smithsonian Institution is building a frozen library cataloging snippets of plant tissue from every species on the planet.

  • How Genomics Can Help Famine-Prone Nations Weather Climate Change

    How Genomics Can Help Famine-Prone Nations Weather Climate Change

    A team of biologists and agronomists has identified genomic signatures in plants indicating they are resilient to stresses such as drought or toxic soils. The multi-year study, expected to help developing-world farmers, was done with sorghum, one of the world’s most common crops.

  • Paleontologists Are Unzipping Our Genes

    Paleontologists Are Unzipping Our Genes

    Recently, paleontologists have used genomics to delve into the lives of ancient humans. These studies have capitalized on futuristic techniques to reveal the genealogy, travel plans and sex lives of our ancestors.

  • Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Last week a study published in Nature pulled the veil on a branch of the bacterial tree of life that has evaded detection for nearly a century and a half. The study used cutting edge genome sequencing and savvy bioinformatics techniques to make this remarkable discovery.

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  • Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

    Don’t Worry About Doomsday, Botanists Have a Plan

    A new initiative of the Smithsonian Institution is building a frozen library cataloging snippets of plant tissue from every species on the planet.

  • How Genomics Can Help Famine-Prone Nations Weather Climate Change

    How Genomics Can Help Famine-Prone Nations Weather Climate Change

    A team of biologists and agronomists has identified genomic signatures in plants indicating they are resilient to stresses such as drought or toxic soils. The multi-year study, expected to help developing-world farmers, was done with sorghum, one of the world’s most common crops.

  • Paleontologists Are Unzipping Our Genes

    Paleontologists Are Unzipping Our Genes

    Recently, paleontologists have used genomics to delve into the lives of ancient humans. These studies have capitalized on futuristic techniques to reveal the genealogy, travel plans and sex lives of our ancestors.

  • Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Subsurface Discovery Sprouts a New Branch on the Tree of Life

    Last week a study published in Nature pulled the veil on a branch of the bacterial tree of life that has evaded detection for nearly a century and a half. The study used cutting edge genome sequencing and savvy bioinformatics techniques to make this remarkable discovery.