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Organic fragments that Chinese scientists say are proof that multi-celled life on Earth began around a billion years earlier than previously thought. Photograph: Maoyan Zhu/AFP/Getty ImagesAndrew Knoll and a Chinese team discover centimetre-scale life forms, preserved in mudstones from the Yanshan area in north China, are dated to 1.56 billion years ago. The findings, published in Nature Communications, say the fossils show complex life on Earth formed more than 1.5 billion years ago, much earlier than was previously thought. BBC News Story.
Hopi HoekstraCongratulations to Hopi Hoekstra, elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Full Story.
L. MahadevanCongratulations to L. Mahadevan, elected as Fellow of Royal Society. Full Story.
White Eyed Cricket courtesy of GazetteCassandra Extavour's newest study in Development upends the historical view of maternal inheritance as the most common method for creating germ cells, and finds a number of animals use a cell-to-cell signaling mechanism to trigger the production of germ cells. Full Story.
Mansi StravastavaCongratulations to Mansi Srivastava, named a Searle Scholar for her work, Identifying Mechanisms for Stem Cell Regulation by Wound-induced Signals!
Bence ÖlveczkyCongratulations to Bence Ölveczky, winner of the 2016 Star Family Challenge for Promising Scientific Research! Prof. Ölveczky will present his award-winning work on Tuesday, April 12 at 3:00pm in University Hall, Faculty Room.
Gonzalo GiribetCongratulations to Gonzalo Giribet, awarded the 2016 John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in the field of Organismic Biology and Ecology. Full Story
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Groundbreaking research in the life sciences is now more interdisciplinary than ever and it is often the case that OEB faculty work in more than one of these areas.

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The Broad Institute is a research collaboration of MIT and Harvard, created to bring the power of genomics to medicine. Colleen Cavanaugh, Dan Hartl, Maryellen Ruvolo, and Pardis Sabetiare associate members of the institute.

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