Rethinking Lymphatic Development

Four studies identify alternative origins for cells of the developing lymphatic system.

Good Vibrations

Does a delicately orchestrated balance between quantum and classical physics distinguish living from nonliving things?

Get With the Program

DIY tips for adding coding to your analysis arsenal

Putting Phytoremediation into Action

On the use of bacteria and plants to remove toxins from the soil

Capsule Reviews

Gods of the Morning, Hedonic Eating, A Beautiful Question, and Genomic Messages

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

The consumption of p-coumaric acid, a chemical found in honey and pollen, may help set a female honeybee on its course to becoming a worker instead of a queen.

Scientists have developed an interlocking cell scaffold for easy building and dismantling of tissues.

Mice fed a diet high in saturated fat show shifts in their gut microbes and develop obesity-related inflammation.

image: Q&A: Placental Ponderings

Q&A: Placental Ponderings


Biologist Christopher Coe answers readers’ questions about the prescient organ.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Researchers confirm that some microscopic imprints in fossilized dinosaur feathers are pockets of melanin.

Neuroscientist Brandon Stell identifies himself as one of the creators of the post-publication peer review website, as he and his colleagues announce the nonprofit PubPeer Foundation.

Researchers react to the finding that most of 100 studies recently analyzed were not reproducible.

The neurologist and author had written about his recent experiences being “face to face with dying.”

Current Issue

August 2015

Humans have spiked ecosystems with a flood of active pharmaceuticals. The drugs are feminizing male fish, confusing birds, and worrying scientists.

Researchers are borrowing designs from the natural world to advance biomedicine.

The maternal-fetal interface plays important roles in the health of both mother and baby, even after birth.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of an autopsy report describing the first known case of a sexual development disorder.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

A sampling of the biggest acquisitions reshaping the life sciences industry in 2015

Clash over Climate Change

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

Usher in a new era of powder weighing and containment technology.

The unique Krystal 2000 microplate range from Porvair Sciences.

Analytik Jena Introduces the World’s First Hepatitis D Virus Test with CE-IVD Certification. 

New Chip Prep Module Streamlines Workflow and Reduces Hands-On Time.

Asynt ChilliBlock System.

Smooth Operator– TransferMan® 4m for Successful Cell Manipulation in IVF.


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