Eating by The Clock

Volume 27 Issue 9 | September 2013

Cover Story

Out of Sync

By | September 1, 2013

Why eating at the wrong times is tied to such profound and negative effects on our bodies

Featured Articles

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Going Viral

By | September 1, 2013

From therapeutics to gene transfer, bacteriophages offer a sustainable and powerful method of controlling microbes.

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Organs on Demand

By | September 1, 2013

3-D printing has made inroads in the clinic, but constructing functional complex organs still faces major hurdles.




Meet some of the people featured in the September 2013 issue of The Scientist.


You Are When You Eat

Circadian time zones and metabolism

Speaking of Science

Speaking of Science

September 2013's selection of notable quotes


Cetacean Cacophony

Seafloor seismometers record hundreds of thousands of fin whale calls, allowing marine geophysicists to track the elusive marine mammals.

A Hair-Raising Solution?

In the long-fought battle against baldness, researchers are finally identifying molecular pathways that can be manipulated to generate new hair follicles.

A Farewell to Parasites

Despite a fierce civil war, scientists led a 14-year grassroots campaign that has eradicated a parasitic disease from northern Sudan.

A Bone-Deep Kinship

A Neanderthal rib fragment provides conclusive evidence that the ancient hominins were susceptible to a benign bone tumor of modern humans.

Thought Experiment

Putting the Men in Menopause

Can mating behavior explain the evolution of menopause in humans?

Why Women Lose Fertility

Mating behavior is an unlikely driver of women's reproductive aging.

Modus Operandi

Precision Epigenetics

Visualizing specific epigenetic marks at single gene loci is now possible in individual cells.

The Literature

Shell Sculpture

A mathematical model explains the physical mechanisms behind the formation of seashell spines, an insight that could shed light on the convergent evolution of the trait.

Flexible Cells

When stretched, lung cells signal to each other by releasing ATP.

Microbial Fuel Factories

An archaeon takes the first steps toward making a liquid fuel from carbon dioxide and hydrogen gas.


Coastal Command

From a tiny marine research center on the Louisiana coast, Nancy Rabalais has led the charge to map, understand, and reduce dangerous “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico.

Scientist to Watch

Michael Smith: Biomechanic

Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University. Age: 37

Lab Tools

Sensing a Little Tension

Tools and techniques for measuring forces in living cells

Beauty, Science-Deep

Cosmetics companies use advanced genomics and in vitro technology to make skin look young and vibrant—you may never view the makeup aisle the same way again.

Bio Business

Remaking a Classic

Companies are bursting at the seams with tools to engineer pharma’s next magic bullet: the new and improved antibody.

Reading Frames

A New Way of Seeing

Inspiration and controversy attended the birth of magnetic resonance imaging, a diagnostic technology that changed the course of human medicine.

Capsule Reviews

Capsule Reviews

Rocket Girl, The Cancer Chronicles, Abominable Science!, and The Sports Gene


Lords of the Fly, circa 1910

In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.


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