For Microbes, Devolution Is Evolution. People often think of evolution in terms of increasing complexity, but for bacteria, the opposite is often true. Scientists have found that some of these cells delete as many of their own genes as they can and rely on their external environment or other bacteria to make up for the lost functions.
Are You Ready for Open Data? Biologists supported by federal funds are increasingly required to make their data publicly available in open repositories. To provide a view on the shifting data landscape, AIBS will host a workshop on changing practices in data publication on 3 December in Washington, DC.