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In dough, these yeast cells help bread rise. In the lab, scientists have found a way to make a new chromosome for the organism. It's a first step toward creating an entirely synthetic organism. 

Even marine mammals, such as this sea otter, can pick up human diseases like the flu. 

The tuatara is the only surviving member of its order of reptiles. Global warming threatens the long-term survival of this New Zealand native. Shown here is a male tuatara with its crest erect — a typical display of aggression.

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