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Table of Contents: December 2006

Red knots taking a nap during high tide in the Dutch Wadden Sea. Recently, this marine protected area has been commercially exploited by shellfisheries. As reported by van Gils et al., shellfish dredging has been directly responsible for a decline in the knots' population through a reduction in both the amount and the quality of their food resources.

Image Credit: Photo: Jan van de Kam

Essay

Balancing Robustness and Evolvability

Richard E Lenski, Jeffrey E Barrick, Charles Ofria

Feature

What Is the Hobbit?

Tabitha M Powledge

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The Genome of Deep-Sea Vent Chemolithoautotroph Thiomicrospira crunogena XCL-2

Kathleen M Scott, Stefan M Sievert, Fereniki N Abril, Lois A Ball, Chantell J Barrett, Rodrigo A Blake, Amanda J Boller, Patrick S. G Chain, Justine A Clark, Carisa R Davis, Chris Detter, Kimberly F Do, Kimberly P Dobrinski, Brandon I Faza, Kelly A Fitzpatrick, Sharyn K Freyermuth, Tara L Harmer, Loren J Hauser, Michael Hügler, Cheryl A Kerfeld, Martin G Klotz, William W Kong, Miriam Land, Alla Lapidus, Frank W Larimer, Dana L Longo, Susan Lucas, Stephanie A Malfatti, Steven E Massey, Darlene D Martin, Zoe McCuddin, Folker Meyer, Jessica L Moore, Luis H Ocampo Jr., John H Paul, Ian T Paulsen, Douglas K Reep, Qinghu Ren, Rachel L Ross, Priscila Y Sato, Phaedra Thomas, Lance E Tinkham, Gary T Zeruth

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Yohey Terai, Ole Seehausen, Takeshi Sasaki, Kazuhiko Takahashi, Shinji Mizoiri, Tohru Sugawara, Tetsu Sato, Masakatsu Watanabe, Nellie Konijnendijk, Hillary D. J Mrosso, Hidenori Tachida, Hiroo Imai, Yoshinori Shichida, Norihiro Okada

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