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Crossing Boundaries

A groundbreaker in the study of Listeria monocytogenes, Pascale Cossart continues to build her research tool kit to understand how to fight such intracellular human pathogens.

Anatomy of a Virus

A mass spectrometry-based analysis of influenza virions provides a detailed view of their composition.

Keeping Up with IP

It’s never too early to start thinking about intellectual property rights—even for biologists doing basic research.

Surviving the Ice Age

A beginner’s guide to freezing and thawing pluripotent stem cells

Beyond the Blueprint

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.

On the Other Hand

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

The cholesterol-lowering drugs could be used to treat people with two types of dwarfism, a study suggests.

The consumption of artificial sweeteners results in glucose intolerance mediated by changes in the gut microbiota in both mice and humans, researchers report.

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An altered vaccine and parents opting-out of inoculations have contributed to ongoing outbreaks across the U.S.

Should researchers genetically modify wild populations of mosquitoes to curb vector-borne diseases like malaria?

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Researchers find a way to zap emerald ash borers using female decoys.

President Obama plans to send thousands of military personnel to Africa to streamline infectious disease-response efforts.

Surfaces covered in a micropattern mimicking the ridges of shark skin could reduce the spread of drug-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other superbugs in hospitals.

Stem cell trials; genetic engineering and citrus greening; appreciating postdocs

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September 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?

Now showing clinical progress against liver diseases, the gene-silencing technique begins to fulfill some of its promises.

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Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.

Johns Hopkins University Chemist Larry Principe discusses his favorite alchemy painting, the topic of this month’s Foundations.

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