Half Mile Down, 1934

In his bathysphere, William Beebe plumbed the ocean to record-setting depths.

How to Make a New Species

Scientists mutate a mating pheromone and its corresponding receptor in yeast to promote speciation.

Sold on Symbiosis

A love of the ocean lured Nicole Dubilier into science; gutless sea worms and their nurturing bacterial symbionts keep her at the leading edge of marine microbiology.

Driven to Extinction

The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?

Tools for Drools

A general guide to collecting and processing saliva

Sponging Up Phosphorus

Symbiotic bacteria in Caribbean reef sponges store polyphosphate granules, possibly explaining why phosphorous is so scarce in coral reef ecosystems.

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Behavior Brief


A round-up of recent discoveries in behavior research

Multiple consecutive adenosine nucleotides can cause protein translation machinery to stall on messenger RNAs.

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NK Cell Diversity and Viral Risk


A small study links the diversity of a person’s natural killer cell repertoire to risk of HIV infection following exposure to the virus.

In some pathogenic bacteria, certain antibiotic resistance–associated mutations may also confer an unexpected growth advantage.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Chickens immunized against Marek’s disease virus are apt to spread more-virulent versions of the pathogen, a study shows.

Meanwhile, Allergan acquires drug developer Naurex in a $560 million deal. 

A judge issued custody of an Alzheimer’s research project to the University of California, San Diego, after the lead researcher on the grant left the school and transferred to the University of Southern California.

The European Medicines Agency endorses the first-ever malaria vaccine for use in children 6 weeks to 17 months old.

Current Issue

July 2015

The eradication of smallpox set the standard for the global elimination of a devastating infectious disease. Will the ongoing polio and guinea worm campaigns be as successful?

Increasingly precise remote-sensing data are helping researchers monitor and predict cases of infectious disease.

Putting the microbiome front and center in health care, in preventive strategies, and in health-risk assessments could stem the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases.

Nutrient levels in soil don’t add up when food chains combine.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Scientific illustrator Mindy Lighthipe’s interest in insects inspired her to begin drawing plants.

Scientist to Watch Shawn Douglas explains the annual competition he established to introduce students to molecular programming.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

The Ultravap Levante™ is a new introduction to Porvair Sciences’ popular series of nitrogen blow-down sample concentrators and evaporators.

Evaporator System for Academic Multi-User Environments

Fast evaporation from vacuum-assisted vortex concentration technology

Lonza to Expand the Availability of the RAFT™ 3D Cell Culture System.

High Performance Multi-Mode Microplate Reader

AMSBIO has launched a new range of human exosomes.


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