Rewritten in Blood

A modified gene-editing technique corrects mutations in human hematopoietic stem cells.

Splitting Hairs

Fragments of mitochondrial DNA from deer hair found on the clothing of an ice-entombed mummy offer a glimpse into Copper Age ecology.

Speaking of Science

September 2014’s selection of notable quotes

Aristotelian Biology

The ancient Greek philosopher was the first scientist.

Chagas Watchdogs

Can screening dogs for Trypanosoma cruzi antibodies inform public health officials about the risk of Chagas disease to people?

Entry Requirements

Recent developments in cell transfection and molecular delivery technologies

Surviving the Ice Age

A beginner’s guide to freezing and thawing pluripotent stem cells

Precisely Placed

Vein patterns in the wings of developing fruit flies never vary by more than the width of a single cell.

Caught on Camera

Selected Images of the Day

Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century

As the science of chemistry developed, public perceptions of alchemists shifted from respect to ridicule.

Sexless Hook-Up

Genome fusion at stem graft junctions can generate new plant species.

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Nearly 600 soil samples from New York City’s famous park reveal that the urban environment harbors just as much biodiversity as natural ecosystems across the globe.

image: Bacteriophage Boom?

Bacteriophage Boom?


Researchers are putting a fresh crop of phage-based products to agricultural and medical use, on farms and in early-stage clinical trials.

Documenting the epigenetic landscape of human innate immune cells reveals pathways essential for training macrophages.

image: Muscle to Mind

Muscle to Mind


Exercise-induced muscle metabolites protect the brain from stress-induced depression in a mouse model. 

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

A patient in a Texas hospital has tested positive for the Ebola virus.

Mix of public, private, philanthropic, and academic investments will fund additional BRAIN Initiative-related projects.

Restoring sight with bionic eyes; schizophrenia analysis questioned; an “ark for the Anthropocene”

Researchers have created a line of model mice that naturally express Cas9, paving the way for rapid precision gene-editing.

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.

Different mechanisms repress mobile DNA elements in human embryonic stem cells depending on the elements’ evolutionary ages.


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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