Hearts on Trial

As researchers conduct the most rigorous human trials of cardiac cell therapies yet attempted, a clear picture of whether these treatments actually work is imminent.

Show Me Your Moves

Updated classics and new techniques help microbiologists get up close and quantitative.

HIV in the Internet Age

Social networking sites may facilitate the spread of sexually transmitted disease, but these sites also serve as effective education and prevention tools.

Soluble Signal

An immune protein previously thought to mark inactive T cells has a free-floating form that correlates with HIV disease progression.

Hiding in the Haystack

Encouraging developments in HIV research

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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Genome Digest


What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

A deep-sequencing analysis reveals that non-malignant skin cells harbor many more cancer-driving mutations than previously expected. 

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Human Genes Can Save Yeast


Replacing yeast genes with their human equivalents reveals functional conservation despite a billion years of divergent evolution.

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Behavior Brief


A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Post-publication peer review via social media; debating the effects of GDF11; human orthologs replace yeast genes; cancer-linked mutations in healthy skin; CRISPR-phage approach to kill antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Squid, cuttlefish, and octopuses possess vision machinery in their skin.

An international panel of scientists selects the 10 most interesting organisms discovered last year.

Researchers create an inducible method to remove specific genes and even kill escaped genetically modified organisms.

Current Issue

May 2015

Curing HIV means finding and eradicating viruses still lurking in the shadows.

Recent discoveries are spurring a renaissance in HIV vaccine research and development.

As researchers conduct the most rigorous human trials of cardiac cell therapies yet attempted, a clear picture of whether these treatments actually work is imminent.

A retired entomologist discovers a world of behavioral diversity in the courtship rituals of a well-studied moth species.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

A look at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry scientists’ picks

Timothy Ray Brown, the first and only patient to ever be cured of AIDS, is bringing his message of hope to the search for a more widespread solution to the AIDS epidemic.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

ZEISS GeminiSEM and ZEISS Sigma - two families of field emission scanning electron microscopes.

For Detection and Quantification of Host Cell Proteins in Bioprocessing

Offers flexible blot processing to optimize antibody use, change formats and reduce hands on time.

Software program combines whole-genome copy-number data with gene expression profiles to reveal functional impacts

Simplifies the Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Process

Prepares Array Target from Picogram Amounts of RNA

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