Critic at Large
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
Scientific Misconduct: Red Flags
John R. Thomas Jr. | Dec 1, 2015
Warning signs that scandal might be brewing in your lab
 
The Changing Face of Obesity
The Changing Face of Obesity
Joseph Proietto | Nov 1, 2015
Science tells us obesity is a chronic disease. Why does the outmoded and injurious notion that it is a problem of willpower persist?
Coming to Grips with Obesity
Coming to Grips with Obesity
Rudy Leibel | Nov 1, 2015
Science is approaching a better understanding of the increasingly prevalent disease; the consequences of succeeding in this quest are great.
Body, Heal Thyself
Body, Heal Thyself
Jason Liebowitz | Sep 1, 2015
Reviving a decades-old hypothesis of autoimmunity
Hurdles for Hearing Restoration
Hurdles for Hearing Restoration
Bernd Fritzsch | Sep 1, 2015
Given the diverse cell types and complex structure of the human inner ear, will researchers ever be able to re-create it?
Putting Phytoremediation into Action
Putting Phytoremediation into Action
Éric Montpetit, Erick Lachapelle | Aug 1, 2015
Researchers studying the use of bacteria and plants to remove toxins from the soil must better communicate their results if they want their techniques to be used by practitioners in the field.
When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?
When Does a Smart Mouse Become Human?
John D. Loike | Jul 1, 2015
Ethical issues attend the creation of animal-human chimeras.
Turning Data into Discovery
Turning Data into Discovery
Vicki Chandler | Jun 1, 2015
To make the most of the current data deluge, we must reward interdisciplinary researchers who identify and apply the most appropriate analysis methods.
Improving Crops with RNAi
Improving Crops with RNAi
Narender Nehra and Nigel Taylor | Jun 1, 2015
RNA interference is proving to be a valuable tool for agriculture, allowing researchers to develop pathogen-resistant and more-nutritious crops.
Seeded by Weeds
Seeded by Weeds
K. John Morrow Jr. | May 1, 2015
More than 50 years after cross-contamination of cultured cell lines was recognized, the problem continues to plague the scientific community.