Grab ’n’ Glow

Engineered proteins can tether multiple fluorescent molecules to give a brighter signal—and that’s not all.

Tangle Trigger

An enzyme that cleaves tau protein in acidic cellular conditions may trigger early events in Alzheimer’s disease.

May the Best Rodent Win

Are mice, considered by some to be the less intelligent rodent, edging out rats as laboratory models of decision making?

Caught on Camera

Selected Images of the Day

Crossed Wires

From similar sets of neuroimaging data, researchers are reaching different conclusions about whether brain wiring differs between men and women.

The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736

Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.

Straighten Out

Forces from bidirectional growth plates mechanically realign broken bones in infant mice.

Eye on the Fly

Automating Drosophila behavior screens gives researchers a break from tedious observation, and enables higher-throughput, more-quantitative experiments than ever before.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

image: Thirst Neurons Found

Thirst Neurons Found


Using optogenetics, researchers pinpoint two distinct groups of brain cells that flip the switch on a mouse’s desire for water.

image: Human Proteome Mapped Again

Human Proteome Mapped Again


Researchers complete another interactive protein atlas, boosting the number of publicly available maps of human protein expression levels.

image: Benefits of Missing MYC

Benefits of Missing MYC


Mice engineered to have just one copy of the gene Myc live longer, healthier lives than wild-type animals.

image: Oxytocin for Autism?

Oxytocin for Autism?


Scientists find that the hormone improves sociability in a mouse model of autism.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Using ultraviolet light to disinfect drinking water may simply drive bacteria to dormancy, rather than kill them.

A small study finds that an approved medication increases metabolic rate and the activity of thermogenic brown fat in men.

Study of ancient dog DNA sheds light on early Americans’ relationships with their pets.

Farmers detect H5N8 in a commercial turkey flock in California, while Canadian officials document the first known human importation of H7N9 to the country.

Current Issue

January 2015

In the evolutionary arms race between pathogens and hosts, genetic elements known as transposons are regularly recruited as assault weapons for cellular defense.

Social adversity shapes humans’ immune systems—and probably their susceptibility to disease—by altering the expression of large groups of genes.

Researchers aim to unravel the molecular mechanisms by which a single genotype gives rise to diverse castes in eusocial organisms.

A new way of evaluating academics’ research output using easily obtained data


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

How DuPont uses CRISPR to keep yogurt and cheeses safe from bacteriophage attack

The artful science of Tom Deerinck, a micrographer who consistently places in Nikon’s Small World competition

The Marketplace

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The omniDOC series provides researchers with a quick, simple and flexible solution for their gel documentation needs.

Thermal Lab Beads Replace Water/Ice in Lab Baths

An all new high performance medium throughput synthesizer.

The Micronic Tracxer TS201 MINI is a new high-speed storage tube code reader.

INTEGRA has expanded its popular VIAFLO II electronic pipette range.

Unmatched Reproducibility to Kinetex® HPLC/UHPLC Core-Shell Line

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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