Setting the Record Straight

Scientists are taking to social media to challenge weak research, share replication attempts in real time, and counteract hype. Will this online discourse enrich the scientific process?

Rewritten in Blood

A modified gene-editing technique corrects mutations in human hematopoietic stem cells.

Splitting Hairs

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.

Aristotelian Biology

The ancient Greek philosopher was the first scientist.

Chagas Watchdogs

Can screening dogs for Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies inform public health officials about the risk of Chagas disease to people?

Entry Requirements

Recent developments in cell transfection and molecular delivery technologies

Surviving the Ice Age

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

Precisely Placed

Vein patterns in the wings of developing fruit flies never vary by more than the width of a single cell.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

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Bacteriophage Boom?


Researchers are putting a fresh crop of phage-based products to agricultural and medical use, on farms and in early-stage clinical trials.

Documenting the epigenetic landscape of human innate immune cells reveals pathways essential for training macrophages.

image: Muscle to Mind

Muscle to Mind


Exercise-induced muscle metabolites protect the brain from stress-induced depression in a mouse model. 

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of 2 increases a child’s risk of obesity.

Vertebrate populations have fallen by half during the last 40 years, according to a report from the World Wildlife Fund.

A patient in a Texas hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments will fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects.

Current Issue

October 2014

Scientists are taking to social media to challenge weak research, share replication attempts in real time, and counteract hype. Will this online discourse enrich the scientific process?

Color vision as we know it resulted from one fortuitous genetic event after another.

Using the latest technologies, researchers are constructing novel prosthetic devices to restore vision in the blind.

William Briggs’s theory of optic nerve architecture was unusual and incorrect, but years later it led to Isaac Newton’s explanation of binocular vision.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

See the striking images behind the quest to develop stem cell therapeutics for vision disorders.

See global ophthalmologist Geoff Tabin describe his experiences performing cataract surgeries in Nepal and Africa.

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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