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With the largest private gift to a public college, the new facility aims to infuse the local economy with fresh opportunities, but returns on the investment are anything but guaranteed.

Scientists and others have been opening their homes to research animals after the studies conclude, with legislation in some states now mandating adoption.

A device dubbed the “mother machine” enables real-time observation of mutagenesis in single bacterial cells.  

The finding suggests corvids may have an innate sense of number.

The Nutshell

Daily News Roundup

Trained in microbiology, Slaughter championed science, women’s health, and consumer protections as a member of the US House of Representatives.

The chemist examined the role of activated oxygen molecules in biological processes.

Researchers find that modern human populations carry distinct sets of genes from the extinct hominin species.

Women who identified as sexual minorities, however, were more likely to remain in a STEM field.

Current Issue

March 2018

Issue Cover: The Transgender Brain

Research into the biological basis of gender identity is in its infancy, but clues are beginning to emerge.

New details of the molecular process by which our cells consume themselves point to therapeutic potential.

Researchers are looking to proteins to explore the biology of ancient organisms, from medieval humans all the way back to dinosaurs.

A study suggests that there is more to the eukaryotic genome than was previously suspected.


Video, Slideshows, Infographics

Try your hand at a sciency brain teaser.

How to analyze ancient proteins

The Marketplace

Sponsored Product Updates

Eppendorf starts off the year by introducing not one, but two new centrifuges: the smaller benchtop centrifuges with up to 24 spaces herald a new era, while Eppendorf is simultaneously expanding the product range of its large refrigerated benchtop centrifuges with a particularly versatile, high-capacity variant.

These days, digital capture and management of sample information and experimental data are increasingly gaining in significance. The Eppendorf booth, too, will be entirely networked. At this North American premiere, the Eppendorf VisioNizesystem will be introduced to the public.

The TEER 24 System electrically monitors the barrier function of cells grown in culture upon permeable membrane substrates.

In this eBook from NanoTemper, learn about what binding affinity is and why it should be investigated, the tools and technologies available for studying binding affinity, and how to evaluate your research needs, find the best solution, and make an informed decision!

Real-time measurement of the initial stage of an enzyme–substrate reaction is essential for reproducible enzyme kinetics data. Automated direct-flow injection systems couple with various detection and analytics platforms to offer the speed, precision, and flexibility required to carry out the reaction.

Gilson launches Gilson Connect, a cloud-connected platform that powers a product line of Bluetooth®-enabled, smart liquid handling devices designed to help scientists achieve verifiable science.

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Featured Comment

I remember watching GATTACA with some other grad students in the 90's, we liked it but laughed at the 'impossible' fast sequencing done to validate people's identities. Now we do seven impossible things before breakfast, so to speak.

Allison Mackay, commenting on The Scientist's story about a new, hand-held sequencer that can reportedly decode the entire human genome.

Pocket-Size Nanopore Device Sequences Entire Human Genome