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

The Mechanobiology Garage

New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.

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Although the popular blacklist of predatory publishers is gone, the suspect journals they produce are not. 

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

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Daily News Roundup

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

The sensor is meant to trigger a bitter taste in the presence of inflammation-related enzymes. 

A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Male rodents given access to a running wheel early in life show increased neural activity and improved memory as adults.

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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This giant larvacean can ingest microplastic pollution and poop it down to the sea floor.

Marabou storks on Kenya's Mara River feast on the carcasses of migrating wildebeest that failed to make it across the waterway.

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The technique enriches DNA fragments to which a specific protein of interest or histone modification is bound.

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

New benchtop design and expanded assay portfolio offers researchers greater access to ultra-sensitive Simoa technology for unrivaled biomarker detection

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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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