A Deathly Pallor

Global warming could lead to lighter-colored insects with waning immune defenses.

Falling Out of the Family Tree

A mutation in an ethanol-metabolizing enzyme arose around the time that arboreal primates shifted to a more terrestrial lifestyle, perhaps as an adaptation to eating fermented fruit.

Long Live Collagen

Increased collagen expression is a common feature of many different pathways to extended longevity in worms.

Growth Hormone Guidance

Intact growth hormone signaling pathways are needed for methionine restriction to extend mouse lifespan.

Riding Out Rejection

How to navigate the choppy waters of scientific publication

Apiarium, 1625

Galileo’s improvements to the microscope led to the first published observations using such an instrument.

Chill GPS

Keeping track of frozen biological samples

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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Hiding in Plain Sight


Researchers using metagenomics and single-cell sequencing identify a potential new bacterial phylum.

image: Opinion: Making Cancer Vaccines Work

Opinion: Making Cancer Vaccines Work


Armed with the right adjuvant system, vaccines are poised to tackle one of the world’s most intractable diseases. 

Development of female sexual behaviors requires DNA methylation in the preoptic area of the rodent brain. 

image: Comparing Leprosy Bacteria

Comparing Leprosy Bacteria


Researchers sequence the genome of Mycobacterium lepromatosis, a recently discovered sister species to the primary leprosy-causing bacterium.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

The US National Institutes of Health has formed a team of experts to begin the process of building President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Inhibitory nerve cells in the spinal cord stop the transmission of pain and itch signals in mice.

An editor of the journal Scientific Reports quits in protest of paid, expedited review.

Investigators say human error caused a Taiwanese research vessel to drift off course and sink last year, claiming the lives of two aboard.

Current Issue

March 2015

From DNA damage to cellular miscommunication, aging is a mysterious and multifarious process.

Research reveals how the brain changes as we age and hints at ways to slow the decline.

These mobile genetic elements can wreak havoc on the genome. Researchers are now trying to understand how such activity contributes to the aging process.

Galileo’s improvements to the microscope led to the first published observations using such an instrument.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Changes to light-reflecting guanine nanocrystals help chameleons quickly change hues.

See human brains age in week-by-week time lapse images that divulge the existence of tiny strokes that damage white matter.

The Marketplace

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Enables More Informed Casework Decisions.

Software provides simple but powerful solution for designing CRISPR experiments.

mRNA-In™ and mRNA-In™ Neuro – a new range of high efficiency, targeted transfection reagents.

Nanolive SA 3D Cell Explorer

Nanolive SA announces the release of an off-­line version of STEVE.

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