From Mass Death, Life

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

Twists and Turns

New starring roles for nucleic acids

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New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells

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Studying biology in space sheds light on future space missions and life on Earth.

Optogenetic stimulation of the perirhinal cortex can cause macaques to process never-before seen-objects as familiar and known objects as brand new.

High-dose vitamin C injections reverse the effects of a leukemia-promoting genetic deficiency.

A fraught market for the barbiturates prescribed to terminally ill patients who choose to end their lives has physicians turning to options outside big pharma.

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Four years after taking a probiotic and peanut protein for 18 months, two-thirds of children in a small clinical trial can eat peanuts with no health issues.

Scientists also show that fenethylline’s chemical constituents work together to produce its rapid, potent effects, which have been exploited by Islamic State fighters.

The mini machines treated infection somewhat better than antibiotics plus the typical proton pump inhibitor medication. 

Researchers show that pinkie-size marine organisms can ingest and poop out microplastics, potentially transporting them to the depths.

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.

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In six states and the District of Columbia, terminally ill patients can get a perscription for a life-ending drug, and several additional states are considering legalizing the practice.

Throughout the world, laws governing how terminally ill patients can choose to die vary widely.

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

Porvair Sciences announces a new easy-to-use 96-well Supported Liquid Extraction (SLE) microplate designed for high recovery extraction of analytes from biological fluids

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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.

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