Battling the Bulge

Weight-loss drugs that target newly characterized obesity-related receptors and pathways could finally offer truly effective fat control.

Weight's the Matter?

The causes and consequences of obesity are more complicated than we thought.

Fat Saps Muscle

The accumulation of fat within skeletal muscle, as happens with obesity, diminishes muscle performance.

Remote Mind Control

Using chemogenetic tools to spur the brain into action

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Genetic engineering—once a trigger for federal oversight—is now ushering some modified crops around scrutiny.

Molecular markers could aid researchers’ assessment of patient response to the drug.  

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Channeling Animals


Artists reinterpret structures built by birds, insects, and corals in a new exhibit.

Advances in neuroimaging have improved our understanding of the brain, but the resulting data do little to help judges and juries determine criminal culpability.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A panel of experts advised the US Food and Drug Administration that BioMarin Pharmaceutical has not demonstrated efficacy of its new drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Domestication may have saved pumpkins, gourds, and squash as seed dispersers like the mastodon went extinct. 

New clues from ancient DNA reveal the remarkable effect of agriculture on adaptation in Stone Age humans who lived across Europe.

Bacteria in the intestine produce proteins that stop rodents from eating.

Current Issue

November 2015

Issue Cover: The Obesity Issue

This year’s survey highlights dramatic regional, sector, and gender variations.

Obese people are at higher risk for developing cancer, have worse prognoses once diagnosed, and are often resistant to chemotherapy regimens. The question is, Why?

Low doses of environmental chemicals can make animals gain weight. Whether they do the same to humans is a thorny issue.

Why do some obese people actually experience health benefits?


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

How the foods that make us fattest are not that different from heroin and cocaine

Columbia University researcher Rudy Leibel discusses a study that found benefit in a high-fat diet.

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