Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century

As the science of chemistry developed, public perceptions of alchemists shifted from respect to ridicule.

Ruben Gonzalez Jr.: Molecular Visualizer

Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University. Age 42

Head Scratchers

Many natural phenomena elude our understanding.

Crossing Boundaries

A groundbreaker in the study of Listeria monocytogenes, Pascale Cossart continues to build her research tool kit to understand how to fight such intracellular human pathogens.

Keeping Up with IP

It’s never too early to start thinking about intellectual property rights—even for biologists doing basic research.

Surviving the Ice Age

A beginner’s guide to freezing and thawing pluripotent stem cells

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Microlesions in heart muscle may contribute to cardiac complications in elderly patients, a study shows.

image: Heritable Histones

Heritable Histones


Scientists show how roundworm daughter cells remember the histone modification patterns of their parents.

Graduate students and postdoctoral researchers should be taking part in discussions on the future of biomedical research.

The cholesterol-lowering drugs could be used to treat people with two types of dwarfism, a study suggests.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A new national strategy to combat antibiotic resistance aims to improve diagnostic testing, disease surveillance, and the prevention of inappropriate antibiotic use.

Artificial sweeteners and glucose metabolism; why whooping cough is on the rise; heritable histone modifications; statins and bone growth; postdoc participation

Government auditors absolve the National Institutes of Health of wrongdoing in the case of its involvement in an ethics investigation of a study involving premature babies.

The MacArthur Foundation names this year’s cohort of creative problem-solvers.

Current Issue

September 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?

Now showing clinical progress against liver diseases, the gene-silencing technique begins to fulfill some of its promises.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.

Johns Hopkins University Chemist Larry Principe discusses his favorite alchemy painting, the topic of this month’s Foundations.

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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