Reimagining Humanity

As the science of paleoanthropology developed, human evolutionary trees changed as much as the minds that constructed them.

An Array of Options

A guide for how and when to transition from the microarray to RNA-seq

Turning Data into Discovery

To make the most of today’s data deluge, we must reward researchers who identify and apply the most appropriate analysis methods.

Water Fleas, 1755

A German naturalist trains a keen eye and a microscope on a tiny crustacean to unlock its secrets.

Touchy Feely

Physical contact helps determine who’s present among baboons’ gut bacteria.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Antibiotics given to infant mice may have long-term effects on the animals’ metabolism and gut microbiota. 

image: Sex Differences in Pain Pathway

Sex Differences in Pain Pathway


Male and female mice utilize different immune cells to process pain, a study shows.

And too few insights gleaned from them

image: The Brain on Fear

The Brain on Fear


Scientists uncover the neurons in the mouse brain responsible for linking the sight of a looming object to scared behavior.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A new test that scans for the Ebola virus with just a fingerprick could be a practical diagnostic for use in West Africa.

Police are calling the death of James Bradstreet, a physician who claimed vaccines cause autism and offered autism cures to patients, an apparent suicide.

Scientists wishing to study marijuana’s health effects may now forgo a review by Public Health Services.

Science releases new guidelines for research transparency, hoping to stem the tide of retractions and misconduct.

Current Issue

June 2015

How motion illusions trick the visual system, and what they can teach us about how our eyes and brains evolved

Mathematical and computational approaches are making strides in understanding how life might have emerged and organized itself from the basic chemistry of early Earth.

Revolutionary new methods for extracting, purifying, and sequencing ever-more-ancient DNA have opened an unprecedented window into the history of life on Earth.

At least seven species of herpesvirus commonly infect elephants. At zoos, keepers scramble to save calves, who are particularly vulnerable to the viruses.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Scientist to Watch Shawn Douglas explains the annual competition he established to introduce students to molecular programming.

Travel to Bangladesh to meet the Bedey, a band of river nomads, and their trained macaques, which perform shows and seldom transmit a monkey virus to their handlers.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

Redefines the Limits of Protein and Small Molecule Quantitation and Characterization.

Your Choice of Fade-Resistant or Standard Printouts

Fluidigm’s New Helios Platform Combines Ease-of-Use Enhancements with Multi-Modal Capabilities for High-Resolution, High-Content Single-Cell Biology.

Media allows two full-day breaks without changes to set up or protocol.

New CallistoTM System Provides an Automated Combinatorial Approach to Cell Culture.

AMSBIO has launched a new range of human exosomes.


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