Top 10 Innovations 2016

This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.

Doors and Pores

The awesome architecture of the gateways to the nucleus

Notable Science Quotes

The importance of science innovation, publishing and gender, and more

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Lawyers involved discuss the latest twist in the ongoing litigation that pits pathologist Fazlul Sarkar against anonymous commenters on the post-publication peer review site.

The human lymph nodes and spleen maintain unique, compartmentalized sets of naive T cells well into old age.

This fundamental form of scientific communication is threatened by modern recording technology and researchers who refuse to adhere to an age-old ethical code. 

image: Retrieving Short-Term Memories

Retrieving Short-Term Memories


Neurons can continue to capture a short-term memory without continuous firing, researchers show.  

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Melvin Grumbach, a clinician and researcher who described the hormonal dynamics of puberty and numerous endocrine disorders, has passed away at age 90.

Observational study suggests pubic hair grooming correlates with heightened risk of acquiring sexually transmitted infections, although causation remains unclear.

Tuesday morning, the US Patent and Trademark Office will hear oral arguments from the two parties that claim to have been the first to use CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing technology in eukaryotic cells.

Awards of $3 million each go to five researchers in the life sciences, recognizing their pioneering work on autophagy, DNA-damage response, Wnt signaling, and more.

Current Issue

December 2016

Issue Cover: Traffic Cops

Solving a long-standing structural puzzle will open the door to understanding one of the cell’s most enigmatic machines.

Researchers are abandoning the concept of a list of genes sequenced from a single individual, instead aiming for a way to describe all the genetic variation within a species.

This year’s list of winners celebrates both large leaps and small (but important) steps in life science technology.

Scientists are enlisting the help of pigeons, parrots, crows, jays, and other species to disprove the notion that human cognitive abilities are beyond those of other animals.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Highlights from the American Society for Cell Biology’s 2016 video grant competition

To make sense of the genetic variation within species, researchers are turning to the concept of the pangenome.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

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Enables detailed control in thawing of cell and gene therapies

Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics and Genomics plc first to sequence multiple human genomes

MEDIAJET from INTEGRA offers the unique flexibility to fill Petri dishes of various sizes

The two tube sizes are the first in a range of new designs featuring an external thread.

This application note reviews how micro-volume instruments allow for absorbance measurement of very small volumes, which reduces the quantity needed from precious samples.

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    The Allen Institute for Cell Science releases the first public collection of human induced pluripotent stem cells that have been fluorescently tagged using CRISPR.

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