Grab ’n’ Glow

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

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

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

A mass migration of mobile regulatory elements increased the expression of thousands of genes in the uterus during the evolution of pregnancy.

Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.

image: Brain Cells Behind Overeating

Brain Cells Behind Overeating


Scientists have defined neurons responsible for excessive food consumption at an unprecedented level of detail. 

image: Sonic Experiment

Sonic Experiment


An artist takes advantage of muscle-mimicking polymers to manipulate sounds.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

The President requests $215 million to launch his push for personalized clinical care.

Like humans, baby birds visualize increasing numbers from left to right, a study suggests.

Two TSPO structures; optogenetics used to define neurons associated with thirst and overeating; transposons and the evolution of pregnancy

The controversial antiviral drug earns better marks in the most recent analysis of the evidence. 

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

Take a tour of deep-sea methane seeps and meet the organisms that call these extreme environments home.

See how scallop locomotion informed the design of a microscopic robot that could one day navigate our circulatory systems.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

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