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The events of the past six months have inspired advocacy for the first time.

High levels of vitamin C absorbed by blood-forming stem cells are important for their normal development. 

Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.

image: Custom-Made Molecules

Custom-Made Molecules


A new prototype machine can make the biological molecules of one’s choice from digital DNA sequences.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Energy researcher Daniel Kammen criticized President Trump’s response to events in Charlottesville, as well as the administration’s decision to leave the Paris Climate Accord.

STEM faculties at public universities have an underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanics, and women, but there are signs of change.

A fish farm blamed the “exceptionally high tides” resulting from yesterday’s solar eclipse for net failure. Authorities have authorized limitless takes of the invaders.

Oligosaccharides from one mom wiped out a group B strep colony in culture.

Current Issue

July/August 2017

Issue Cover: DNA Erector Sets

The versatility of geometric shapes made from the nucleic acid are proving useful in a wide variety of fields from molecular computation to biology to medicine.

Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.

And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.

Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.

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Lonza announced an endothelial cell application center, which expands Lonza’s support for researchers

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Featured Comment

Sad day for the research community on cell division. What a disservice to science.

Sonia Rossell, commenting on The Scientist's Facebook page about renowned Univeristy of Tokyo cell biologist Yoshinori Watanabe being found guilty of manipulating images in five research papers from his lab.

Investigation Finds Cell Biologist Guilty of Misconduct