Concerns Raised Online Linger

Users of post-publication peer review forums like PubPeer often question perceived inaccuracies in scientific papers. Are the journals that published those papers paying attention?

Seeing Red

Reef fish, once thought to be unable to see red wavelengths, not only fluoresce deep red, but males of some species react to seeing their own bioluminescent pattern.

Reanimated Chickens and Zombie Dogs

In praise of weird science at the edge of life

Life in the Slow Lane

The speed of water flowing around coralline algae, a critical member of coral reef and coastal seaweed communities, affects their response to ocean acidification.

Connecting the Dots

Mary Jane West-Eberhard has spent her career probing the evolutionary relationship between social behavior and developmental flexibility.

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Zoologist John Gould undertook a financially risky expedition to document the birds of Australia—and found some unique mammals in a perilous situation.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Ninety-nine publicly available genomes could help researchers working to develop diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies. 

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Expanding ENCODE

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Latest Encyclopedia of DNA Elements data enable researchers to compare genome regulation across species. 

Scientists use optogenetics to swap out negative memories for positive ones—and vice versa—in mice.

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Genome Digest

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

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Sequencing the Ebola outbreak; optogenetic memory manipulation; monitoring post-publication peer review; yeast-based opioid production; even more ENCODE

Raising a semi-terrestrial species on land highlights the role of developmental plasticity in the evolutionary transition from water to land.

An analysis of papers published in several surgical journals reveals an overwhelming reliance on male subjects and male-derived cells.

Updated guidelines expand upon existing policy to include more kinds of data. 

Current Issue

September 2014

In addition to serving as a set of instructions to build an individual, the genome can influence neighboring organisms and, potentially, entire ecosystems.

Handedness, a conspicuous but enigmatic human trait, may be shared by other animals. What does it mean for evolution and brain function?

Now showing clinical progress against liver diseases, the gene-silencing technique begins to fulfill some of its promises.

Multimedia

Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Studying handedness in chimps may shed light on the mysterious trait in humans.

Johns Hopkins University Chemist Larry Principe discusses his favorite alchemy painting, the topic of this month’s Foundations.

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- Unknown, Bioethics of Experimental Ebola Treatments
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