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Host and bacterial ligands that interact with the same cell-surface receptor induce different activities in human macrophages. 

image: Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions

Opinion: Retool Biomedical PhD Admissions


It is unethical to admit increasing numbers of students to graduate programs without considering the realities of the job market.

image: Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”

Opinion: GMOs Are Not “Frankenfoods”

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It behooves the scientific community to reflect on the public’s “Franken-” characterization of genetically modified foods.

The marsupials’ genomes show evidence of a rapid evolutionary response to selection imposed by devil facial tumor disease.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 

An analysis of bone fractures in the famous hominid’s fossil remains suggest that she stretched out her arms to brace for a fall before she died.

A former Mount Sinai School of Medicine faculty member shot the institution’s dean, The New York Times reports. 

The virus can be vertically transmitted by female Aedes aegypti and A. albopictus mosquitoes to their offspring, scientists show.

Current Issue

August 2016

Issue Cover: Human Evolution

Do the portions of our genomes that set us apart from other animals hold the secret to human evolution?

The emergence of blood abnormalities, an adult ability to digest milk, and changes in our physical appearance point to the continued evolution of the human race.

As researchers sequence the DNA of thousands of kids with autism, dozens of genetic subgroups are emerging.

From sequencing bacteriophages to synthesizing bacterial genomes to defining a minimal genome


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Scientist to Watch Cullen Buie, MIT researcher, talks about his quest to devise a method for quickly determining the pathogenicity of microbes.

Biologist Carin Bondar delivers a TED talk about the wilder side of sex.

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) announces the release of the AIM-9000 infrared microscope.

The New Standard in Microwave Digestion Temperature Measurement

Asynt have introduced the CondenSyn Mini 

AMSBIO has introduced Cultrex® Organoid Progenitor Cells derived from normal, healthy mouse small intestine tissue... 

The Ultravap Levante  is a next generation nitrogen blowdown evaporator.  

INTEGRA announces a new generation version of its popular VOYAGER pipette range...

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