The Rules of Replication

Should there be standard protocols for how researchers attempt to reproduce the work of others?

Brains in Action

An inspiring lecturer turned Marcus Raichle’s focus from music and history to science. Since then, he has pioneered the use of imaging to study how our brains function.

Speaking of Science

November 2014's selection of notable quotes

Walking with Whales

The history of cetaceans can serve as a model for both evolutionary dynamics and interdisciplinary collaboration.

White’s the Matter

A basic guide to white matter imaging using diffusion MRI

Caught on Camera

Selected Images of the Day from

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

image: Illuminating the Interactome

Illuminating the Interactome


A massive screen yields the most comprehensive map of binary human protein interactions to date.

Bacteria in the gut of a pregnant mouse strengthen the blood-brain barrier of her developing fetus.

image: Virus Protects Mouse Gut

Virus Protects Mouse Gut


A murine norovirus appears to recover some of the functions of commensal bacteria in the guts of germ-free or antibiotic-treated mice.

Mice raised under stressful conditions are more adaptable as adults—and may pass this trait on to their pups.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Gut microbes affect the brain; virus protects mouse gut; mapping the interactome; comparing mice and humans

Results from the Mouse ENCODE project point to key divergences in gene regulation architecture compared to humans.

Two federal health agencies released proposed rules that would tighten the requirements for reporting clinical trial results.

First described in the late 19th century, then lost from the literature for more than 100 years, the vertical occipital fasciculus appears to be important in visual processing.

Current Issue

November 2014

This year’s data reveal notable variation in compensation for life scientists working in different fields, sectors, and regions of the world.

Once dominated by correlational studies, face-perception research is moving into the realm of experimentation—and gaining tremendous insight.

Linking the human nervous system to computers is providing unprecedented control of artificial limbs and restoring lost sensory function.

Researchers may be able to improve memory by discharging magnetic pulses on the skull to alter the neural activity at and beneath the brain’s surface.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Mounting and drilling a comet, mind-controlled gene expression, and dissecting cat genomes

Explore more facets of our annual Salary Survey.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

PREMIER Biosoft launches SimMet® to advance qualitative and quantitative analysis of MS Metabolite data.

Molecular Devices Introduces the Digidata 1550A with HumSilencer for Line Frequency Noise-Free Electrophysiology Research

Single-Tube, Multiplex Amplicon Sequencing for Illu mina® platforms

Electric Ice Bucket Replaces Traditional Ice/Water Baths

Novel toolset substantially decreases time needed to create permanent CRISPR-Cas9-induced genetic changes in cells.

PreciseTM is an ultra-sensitive gene expression assay designed to examine large numbers of standard or low input mRNA samples in a high throughput manner.

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Marie-Paule Kieny started off her comment oh so right, but then continued oh so wrong.  In this case, forget the bioethicists. Kieny should have said, "We need to tell the bioethicists that there is no other choice."

- Unknown, Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments
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