Reimagining Humanity

As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.

An Array of Options

A guide for how and when to transition from the microarray to RNA-seq

Turning Data into Discovery

To make the most of today’s data deluge, we must reward researchers who identify and apply the most appropriate analysis methods.

Water Fleas, 1755

A German naturalist trains a keen eye and a microscope on a tiny crustacean to unlock its secrets.

Touchy Feely

Physical contact helps determine who’s present among baboons’ gut bacteria.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Researchers identify a peptide present in the swine-flu vaccine linked to narcolepsy that may be responsible for the sleep disorder.

Sex assignment in bearded dragons can flip from one based on chromosomes to one driven by temperature, researchers report.

Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota. 

image: Sex Differences in Pain Pathway

Sex Differences in Pain Pathway


Male and female mice utilize different immune cells to process pain, a study shows.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

The flatworm, Macrostomum hystrix can inject its own sperm into its head, a new study shows.

For assistance in solving crimes, a company has developed a service that will construct a face based on a genetic sample.

New research finds that a treatment for Middle East respiratory syndrome can prevent and treat the disease in mice, while an experimental vaccine moves into human testing.

Annually, about 184,000 deaths annually are linked to drinking sugary beverages, according to a new study.

Current Issue

July 2015

The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?

Increasingly precise remote-sensing data are helping researchers monitor and predict cases of infectious disease.

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Scientist to Watch Shawn Douglas explains the annual competition he established to introduce students to molecular programming.

Travel to Bangladesh to meet the Bedey, a band of river nomads, and their trained macaques, which perform shows and seldom transmit a monkey virus to their handlers.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

Redefines the Limits of Protein and Small Molecule Quantitation and Characterization.

Your Choice of Fade-Resistant or Standard Printouts

Fluidigm’s New Helios Platform Combines Ease-of-Use Enhancements with Multi-Modal Capabilities for High-Resolution, High-Content Single-Cell Biology.

Media allows two full-day breaks without changes to set up or protocol.

New CallistoTM System Provides an Automated Combinatorial Approach to Cell Culture.

AMSBIO has launched a new range of human exosomes.


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Featured Comment

Marie-Paule Kieny started off her comment oh so right, but then continued oh so wrong.  In this case, forget the bioethicists. Kieny should have said, "We need to tell the bioethicists that there is no other choice."

- Unknown, Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments
The Scientist