News & Opinion

» techniques and cell & molecular biology

Covering the life sciences inside and out

Most Recent

image: Is Frog Skin a Red Herring?

Is Frog Skin a Red Herring?

By | January 2, 2013

Despite decades of work, compounds in frog skins have failed to yield new antibiotics. Why?


image: Evolution by Splicing

Evolution by Splicing

By | December 20, 2012

Comparing gene transcripts from different species reveals surprising splicing diversity.

1 Comment

image: Cancer More Diverse than Its Genetics

Cancer More Diverse than Its Genetics

By | December 13, 2012

Tumor cells can exhibit different behaviors despite being genetically indistinguishable.


image: Detailing Color Vision

Detailing Color Vision

By | December 6, 2012

Scientists engineer a spectrum of artificial pigments to understand how animals see in color.

1 Comment

image: A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

A Root Cause of Parkinson’s

By | November 15, 2012

Misfolded α-synuclein proteins promote the spread of Parkinson’s pathology in mouse brains.

1 Comment

image: Inflammation for Regeneration

Inflammation for Regeneration

By | November 8, 2012

Inflammatory signals in injured zebrafish brains promote the growth of new neurons.

1 Comment

image: Eggs Trade Genes

Eggs Trade Genes

By | October 24, 2012

Swapping chromosomes from one human egg to another could eliminate mitochondrial DNA mutations that cause disease.


image: Growing New Neurons

Growing New Neurons

By | October 4, 2012

Brain cells called pericytes can be reprogrammed into neurons with just two proteins, pointing to a novel way to treat neurodegenerative disorders.


image: DNA with a Twist

DNA with a Twist

By | September 13, 2012

Researchers show that DNA supercoils are dynamic structures that can “hop” long distances, a phenomenon that could affect gene regulation.


image: Opinion: Younger Is Better

Opinion: Younger Is Better

By | August 31, 2012

Stem cells collected from younger donors are more effective for transplantation and regenerative medicine than those from older individuals.



Popular Now

  1. Sex Differences in the Brain
    Features Sex Differences in the Brain

    How male and female brains diverge is a hotly debated topic, but the study of model organisms points to differences that cannot be ignored.

  2. DNA Repair Pioneers Win Nobel
    Daily News DNA Repair Pioneers Win Nobel

    Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their work elucidating mechanisms of DNA repair.

  3. Antiparasite Drug Developers Win Nobel
    Daily News Antiparasite Drug Developers Win Nobel

    William Campbell, Satoshi Omura, and Youyou Tu have won this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition of their contributions to antiparasitic drug development.

  4. Brain Gain
    Features Brain Gain

    Young neurons in the adult human brain are likely critical to its function.

Life Technologies