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Ferris Jabr
Ferris Jabr is a freelance science journalist, whose work has appeared in Scientific American, The New York Times Magazine, Outside and, among others. He lives in New York City.

Written by Ferris Jabr

Ecology & Environmental Sciences
The gene that jumped

Genes that leap from one species to another are more common than we thought. Does this shake up the tree of life?

Ferris Jabr