Mitochondria Munchers

Glial cells consume mitochondria released by neurons in the optic nerve.

The Body Electric, 1840s

Emil du Bois-Reymond’s innovations for recording electrical signals from living tissue set the stage for today’s neural monitoring techniques.

Mouse Traps

How to avoid pitfalls in assays of mouse behavior

Uncommonly Rare

How one of the rarest neurodegenerative diseases could lend insight into ubiquitous neuroprotective processes

White’s the Matter

A basic guide to white matter imaging using diffusion MRI

The Rules of Replication

Should there be standard protocols for how researchers attempt to reproduce the work of others?

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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Mosquito Genomes Galore


Whole-genome sequences of 16 different mosquito species reveal rapid evolution and could inform malaria research.

Researchers have nailed down yet another component of the mechanotransduction complex responsible for relaying signals from hair cells in the ear.

A microfluidic device can safely remove glycerol from thawed red blood cells in minutes, potentially making frozen blood more feasible for routine transfusions.

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Illuminating the Interactome


A massive screen yields the most comprehensive map of binary human protein interactions to date.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A film showcasing stunning images of brain structures is lighting up New York City billboards for three minutes each night.

Infection rates in Liberia decline; aid organizations struggle to procure gear; Merck enters the vaccine race; more

BioMed Central says about 50 manuscripts in its systems may have been erroneously considered or accepted as a result of foul play.

Brain abnormalities behind SIDS; paper pulled because of page charges; are scientists stuck?

Current Issue

November 2014

This year’s data reveal notable variation in compensation for life scientists working in different fields, sectors, and regions of the world.

Once dominated by correlational studies, face-perception research is moving into the realm of experimentation—and gaining tremendous insight.

Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.

Researchers may be able to improve memory by discharging magnetic pulses on the skull to alter the neural activity at and beneath the brain’s surface.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Mounting and drilling a comet, mind-controlled gene expression, and dissecting cat genomes

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The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

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

PREMIER Biosoft launches SimMet® to advance qualitative and quantitative analysis of MS Metabolite data.

Molecular Devices Introduces the Digidata 1550A with HumSilencer for Line Frequency Noise-Free Electrophysiology Research

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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
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