Capsule Reviews

The Genealogy of a Gene, On the Move, The Chimp and the River, and Domesticated

Scanning for SIV’s Sanctuaries

Whole-body immunoPET scans of SIV-infected macaques reveal where the replicating virus hides.

Think Before You Fire

Industry layoffs may save a few dollars, at the cost of losing the collective brainpower of thousands of scientists.

Speaking of Science

May 2015's selection of notable quotes

Show Me Your Moves

Updated classics and new techniques help microbiologists get up close and quantitative.

Hearts on Trial

As researchers conduct the most rigorous human trials of cardiac cell therapies yet attempted, a clear picture of whether these treatments actually work is imminent.

HIV in the Internet Age

Social networking sites may facilitate the spread of sexually transmitted disease, but these sites also serve as effective education and prevention tools.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

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Genomes Point the Way


Sequence analysis of Egyptian, Ethiopian and non-African peoples indicates a likely route taken by modern humans migrating out of Africa.

Genetically engineered commensal bacteria help researchers detect cancer metastases in mouse livers.

Mammalian Y chromosome genes with important functions are transferred to autosomal chromosomes more often than previously thought, a study shows.

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Genome Digest


What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A US Army facility may have inadvertently sent live anthrax spores to government and commercial labs in nine states, and to one US Air Force base abroad, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data from three mice suggest months in space can alter the thickness and gene expression pattern of the skin.

Phase 3 data from a clinical trial show a positive response to a melanoma treatment based on a modified herpesvirus.

Researchers in Ethiopia unearth a brand new species of hominin, which roamed Africa at the same time as “Lucy.”

Current Issue

May 2015

Curing HIV means finding and eradicating viruses still lurking in the shadows.

Recent discoveries are spurring a renaissance in HIV vaccine research and development.

As researchers conduct the most rigorous human trials of cardiac cell therapies yet attempted, a clear picture of whether these treatments actually work is imminent.

A retired entomologist discovers a world of behavioral diversity in the courtship rituals of a well-studied moth species.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

A look at State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry scientists’ picks

Timothy Ray Brown, the first and only patient to ever be cured of AIDS, is bringing his message of hope to the search for a more widespread solution to the AIDS epidemic.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

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ELISA Plate Reader App for iOS and Android

ZEISS GeminiSEM and ZEISS Sigma - two families of field emission scanning electron microscopes.

For Detection and Quantification of Host Cell Proteins in Bioprocessing

Offers flexible blot processing to optimize antibody use, change formats and reduce hands on time.

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