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Scientists Sequence Smallest Genome Ever with Antarctic Fly

Scientists have just sequenced the genome of a fly native to Antarctica, the coldest, driest and windiest place on the planet, a finding that may lead to a wider understanding of how these bugs evolved to cope with the environment. The fly, named Belgica antarctica, is a survivor, or as Washington State University evolutionary biologist Joanna Kelly likes to put it… an extremophile. “This fly has to withstand freezing, extreme temperature changes so in the Antarctic summer it’s on the...

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