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New developments in protein array technology

Commander of an Immune Flotilla

Carl June drew inspiration from malaria, bone marrow transplantation, and HIV in his path to a breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy.

Molecular Multitasker

Scientists create a way to isolate mRNA from a single living cell within a tissue.

Getting Down to Business

Is there a genetic component to entrepreneurial success?

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

In mice, boosting depression-causing activity in neurons can actually reverse depressive symptoms.

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A Face to Remember


Researchers show that a tuning algorithm can make one’s profile photo more memorable.

The extra chromosome behind Down’s syndrome can impact transcriptional regulation beyond chromosome 21, a study finds.

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The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A study reveals structural differences between the brains of artists and non-artists.

Genome-wide effects of trisomy 21; RNA-based signs of transgenerational stress; depression and resilience; a call to overhaul US biomedical research system

The Broad Institute has succeeded in getting the first patent for the hot new genome-editing technique.

Women rate men with full beards as more attractive when such facial hair is rare, reflecting a possible evolutionary preference.

Current Issue

April 2014

Using patients’ own immune systems to fight cancer

A dramatic loss of copper in key brain regions may be central to Alzheimer’s disease. Could restoring metals in the brain help?

In the face of bacterial threats that can evade modern medicines, researchers are trying every trick in the book to develop new, effective antibiotics.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

The professor of molecular biology and biochemistry at Simon Fraser University is also an accomplished painter.

Architecture student-turned-artist Macato Murayama creates beautiful images inspired by the intricate anatomy of flowers.

The Marketplace

New Product Press Releases

Clearer and Faster Visualization of Disease Markers in Tissue

New preparations are designed for inclusivity/exclusivity testing, establishing limits of detection, and validating or comparing test methods.

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New Peristaltic Pump


Delivers Unparalleled Flexibility in Fluid Transfer

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NEW Small Animal Treadmills


Line of high performance Small Animal Treadmills.

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EarlyTox Cell Integrity Assay Kit


A new cell viability assay from Molecular Devices.

New kit provides high yield, pure and amplifiable RNA from FFPE mammalian tissue samples.

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The notion that humans are moral because morality is the result of natural selection acting on genes (e.g., the gene for oxytocin) is the naturalistic fallacy (defining good as some natural property).

If you can show that oxytocin promotes behaviors such as: trust, empathy, and cooperation, you still can ask the question: are trust, empathy, and cooperation good things or bad things?

- W. Boernke, Oxytocin Boosts Dishonesty
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