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Scientists have shown off an effect not unlike that of the "phasers" in the show Star Trek - but it only works on tiny worms called nematodes.
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Deep under the Antarctic ice, a rare, colourful burst of starfish and 3m-long monster worms has been filmed by a BBC camera crew.


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The earthworms use touch to communicate and influence each other's behaviour, according to research published in the journal Ethology. By doing so the worms collectively decide to travel in the same direction as part of a single herd.


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Worms forced to reproduce asexually succumbed to a nasty bacterial infection and died. The researchers say the results are the most convincing evidence to date for a key theory in evolutionary biology. The theory holds that sex evolved because it lets organisms reshuffle their genes into new combinations to stay a step ahead of parasites.


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Researchers say they have created the first ever animal with artificial information in its genetic code.


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Spacefaring worms undergo genetic changes associated with longer lives in their Earth-bound cousins.


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