From Many, One

Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?

Manipulative Microbiomes

Gut bacteria control tumor growth via the mammalian immune system.

Leukemia Under the Lens, 1845

Alfred Donné’s microscopic daguerreotypes described the cellular symptoms of leukemia for the first time.

Toggling Between Life and Death

In estrogen receptor–positive breast cancer, the transcription factor IRF1 tips the balance between cellular suicide and survival through autophagy.

To Each His Own

Cancer treatment becomes more and more personal.

News & Opinion

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Metabolites produced by gut microbes in mice can affect the animals’ circadian rhythm and metabolism. 

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Genome Digest


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

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Cancer Sequencing Controls


Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

Submissions are officially open for this year’s Top 10 Innovations contest.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Members of a previously uncontacted Venezuelan tribe have the most diverse microbiomes yet described.

Dog owners bond with their four-legged friends via the same hormonal pathways through which human mothers bond with their babies.

The body’s circadian rhythm has more of an effect on glucose tolerance than one’s eating and sleeping patterns, a study shows.  

A newly discovered protein promotes immunity to viruses and cancer by triggering the production of cytotoxic T cells.

Current Issue

April 2015

Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?

Personal drug regimens based on xenograft mice harboring a single patient’s tumor still need to prove their true utility in medicine.

If one out of three people develops cancer, that means two others don’t. Understanding why could lead to insights relevant to prevention and treatment.

Scientists make oxygen-filled microbubbles designed to increase tumor sensitivity to radiation.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Cornell researchers probe the brains of jumping spiders to gain insight into the arachnid's visual processing capabilities.

Scientist to Watch Yvonne Saenger explains recent advances in using biomarkers to identify cancer patients who might benefit most from immunotherapy.

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Software provides simple but powerful solution for designing CRISPR experiments.

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