From Mass Death, Life

When thousands of animals die during mass migrations, ecosystems accommodate the corpses and new cycles are set in motion.

Twists and Turns

New starring roles for nucleic acids

The Mechanobiology Garage

New tools for investigating how physical forces affect cells

News & Opinion

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Nature Plants explains how it handled a manuscript coauthored by Patrice Dunoyer, a biologist with multiple retractions to his name.

A memory B cell response to Zika virus in dengue-infected patients produced antibodies that were poorly neutralizing in vitro and instead enhanced infection.

Biomedical engineer Kyle Quinn fends off a frenzied Internet mob after being wrongly identified as a Charlottesville protester.

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Studying biology in space sheds light on future space missions and life on Earth.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Pregnant and lactating women are particularly vulnerable to the disease.

Breast cancer organization Susan G. Komen is the seventh organization this week to cancel plans to use the venue for fundraising events.

At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.

In a memo to federal agencies, the administration highlights defense and security, leaves off Earth and climate science, and limits the scope of basic research.

Current Issue

July/August 2017

Issue Cover: DNA Erector Sets

The versatility of geometric shapes made from the nucleic acid are proving useful in a wide variety of fields from molecular computation to biology to medicine.

Recent research has revealed many surprises about circular RNAs, from findings that they are translated in vivo to links between their expression and disease.

And the same endocannabinoid system that translates marijuana's buzz-inducing compounds into a high plays crucial roles in health and disease outside the brain.

Phage therapy is but one example of using biological entities to reduce our reliance on antibiotics and other failing chemical solutions.

Multimedia

Video, Slideshows, Infographics

In six states and the District of Columbia, terminally ill patients can get a perscription for a life-ending drug, and several additional states are considering legalizing the practice.

Throughout the world, laws governing how terminally ill patients can choose to die vary widely.

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Lonza announced an endothelial cell application center, which expands Lonza’s support for researchers

Porvair Sciences announces a new easy-to-use 96-well Supported Liquid Extraction (SLE) microplate designed for high recovery extraction of analytes from biological fluids

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Sad day for the research community on cell division. What a disservice to science.

Sonia Rossell, commenting on The Scientist's Facebook page about renowned Univeristy of Tokyo cell biologist Yoshinori Watanabe being found guilty of manipulating images in five research papers from his lab.

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