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  • What Caused the Cambrian Explosion? – The Economist (2015)

    What Caused the Cambrian Explosion? – The Economist (2015)

    It was a big curiosity for early geologists. For roughly 90% of the Earth’s history it appeared as if there was no life. After this long static period at about 542 million years from present life forms as we know of today began to appear bursting over a relatively short time (over 20 million years). Colloquially, this time period is called “Cambrian Explosion”. All of these life forms were of course aquatic: Annelids, arthropods, brachiopods, echinoderms, molluscs and ancestors of […]

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  • Molecular Model of a Herpes Simplex Virus Protein – Gökhan Tolun (2014)

    Molecular Model of a Herpes Simplex Virus Protein – Gökhan Tolun (2014)

    According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) every year, 776,000 people in the United States get new herpes infections. Genital herpes infection is common in the United States. Nationwide, 15.5 % of persons aged 14 to 49 years have HSV-2 infection. The virus is also known as common cold sore. Seeing is believing. Researchers from UNC (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) have visualized visualized the structure and action of a key protein in this sexually transmitted virus: […]

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