Loaded Words

As new technologies emerge, we must choose our words for them with care: names can negatively bias the inevitable debates over the ethics of scientific advances.

Polymerase Pieces

Researchers discover a new subunit of a bacterial RNA polymerase—as well as hints of its potential role in defending against viruses.

The Cellular Revolution

Early life-forms started engaging in planet-altering biological innovation more than a half billion years ago.

A Race Against Extinction

Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.

Bespoke Cell Jackets

Scientists make hydrogel coats for individual cells that can be tailored to specific research questions.

Nuclear Pore QA

A known membrane-remodeling complex earns a newly identified role as a quality-assurance director during the assembly of nuclear pores.

A New Breed

Genomics and advanced reproductive technologies have turned cattle breeding into a whole new animal.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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The TS 2014 Gift Guide


Presents for the scientists and science-lovers on your shopping list

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Repurposed Retroviruses


B cells have commandeered ancient viral sequences in the genome to transmit antigen signals.

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Behavior Brief


A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

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Reprogramming Redux


Can mechanical forces alone be manipulated to create stem-like cells?

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Reprogramming questioned; dengue-detecting antibodies; drug repurposing for Ebola; transcription of retroviruses

A paralyzed woman has used mind power and a robotic arm wirelessly connected to her brain to achieve the most dexterous movement yet accomplished with BMI.

NASA’s Curiosity rover finds chemical signatures that point to the possibility of life on Mars.

Eradication of microbial disease likely accompanied by poor quality of life for remaining species

Current Issue

December 2014

Bat populations ravaged; hundreds of amphibian species driven to extinction; diverse groups of birds threatened. Taking risks will be necessary to control deadly wildlife pathogens.

Bats harbor diverse pathogens, including Ebola, Marburg, SARS, and MERS viruses. Understanding why could help researchers stymie deadly emerging diseases.

The list of the year’s best new products contains both perennial winners and innovative newcomers.

A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Watch scenes from the 2013 World Dairy Expo, where KHW Regiment Apple-Red-ET won the reserve championship while her clone took home the grand championship.

Meet the researchers behind ATHENA, the project that aims to create a system of linked model human organs that may revolutionize drug development.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

Leica Microsystems Previews Light Sheet Module for Confocal Microscope for Gentle and Fast Live Imaging

INTEGRA has introduced a Three Position Stage for its VIAFLO 96 and VIAFLO 384 handheld benchtop pipettes.

The new Micronic 24-2 rack accommodates twenty-four 3.00ml tissue storage tubes.

Irvine Scientific Introduces DMSO-Free, Chemically-Defined Cryopreservation Solution for Mesenchymal Stem Cells

Universal Hybrid Detector for Single Molecule Detection and Imaging.

New Phenomenex SecurityGuard™ Cartridge System Protects All GPC Columns

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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
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