A New View of Translational Control
Charles Choi( | Dec 4, 2005 | 7 min read
The bank note that Dominique Weil used to buy ice cream for her family at the beach this past summer may have traveled a long way.
Profiles of Infection
Douglas Steinberg( | Nov 20, 2005 | 6 min read
Potential perils from bioterrorism to bird flu are increasingly pushing proteomics researchers to identify molecules involved in the infection process.
Precision Extinction
Nick Atkinson( | Nov 20, 2005 | 7 min read
from the British Isles finally ended.
Neural Oscillations ...Still Make Waves
Karen Heyman( | Nov 6, 2005 | 6 min read
When an oscilloscope's audio monitor starts to screech rhythmically in a neurophysiology lab, its waves hint at one of the most puzzling patterns in biology.
The Autism Genetics Quandary
Karen Heyman( | Nov 6, 2005 | 3 min read
Although arguments remain over whether autism is genuinely on the rise to the astonishing degree reported in places like California, there is general agreement among scientists that the condition has a genetic basis.
The Flap about FoxP2
Jack Lucentini | Oct 23, 2005 | 5 min read
Recent results are as puzzling as they are beguiling, dredging up debates about the nature of language and the ability of a single gene to affect it so greatly.
A Nuclear Model of Gene Regulation
Josh Roberts( | Oct 9, 2005 | 3 min read
and many since have sought to explain correlations between a gene's physical location and its activity.
Chemical Genomics Collaborations Heat Up
Stephen Pincock( | Sep 25, 2005 | 4 min read
The National Institutes of Health has placed the heft of a large academic collaboration, on par in scale with the Human Genome Project, behind a task usually performed by pharmaceutical companies.
Integrin Signaling at a Crossroads
Megan Stephan( | Sep 11, 2005 | 6 min read
Integrins serve as the cell's conduit to the outside world, sensing the external environment and passing on instructions: differentiate or not, adhere or move on, live or die.
A Push and a Pull for PARP-1 in Aging
Jack Lucentini( | Aug 1, 2005 | 6 min read
Understanding the mechanisms that underlie aging remains a bedeviling problem, but not because of a lack of answers.
A Ban on Estrogenics?
Jonathan Weitzman( | Aug 1, 2005 | 5 min read
California may soon become the first US state to adopt legislation banning the manufacture and sale of children's products containing certain chemicals designed to soften plastics.
Plant Neurobiology Sprouts Anew
Trevor Stokes( | Jul 17, 2005 | 5 min read
A meeting this past May ushered in the birth, or perhaps rebirth, of a field of study in which the controversy starts at the very name.
MicroRNA Target Practice
Douglas Steinberg( | Jun 19, 2005 | 8 min read
About a month before a New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) meeting last February, six of the scheduled speakers received an unusual homework assignment.
Cancer Epigenetics Enters the Mainstream
Mark Greener( | Jun 19, 2005 | 5 min read
has guided cancer research for decades.
Secondary Endosymbiosis Exposed
Jack Lucentini( | Jun 5, 2005 | 5 min read
Photo: Nils Kroger, Regensburg UniversityLast summer's publication of the first diatom genome provided insight into the workings of a tiny organism with huge potential for environmental, industrial, and research applications.1 A growing appreciation of the sequence, however, has begun to divulge one of nature's wilder and most productive experiments.Diatoms, a diverse division of one-celled ocean algae with gemlike silica casings, are thought to collectively absorb as much carbon dioxide through
"Industrial" Pollutants Reveal a Surprising Origin
Stuart Blackman( | Jun 5, 2005 | 5 min read
chemicals synthesized for use as industrial flame retardants and regarded as persistent environmental pollutants.
Turning Back the Tuberculosis Tide
Eugene Russo( | May 22, 2005 | 5 min read
An ancient scourge, tuberculosis has made a comeback in recent years.
Jill Adams( | May 8, 2005 | 7 min read
During autophagy-literally "self-eating"-cells deliver cytoplasmic constituents, including whole organelles, to the lysosome for degradation.
Taking the Lid Off the Molecular Garbage Pail
Megan Stephan( | May 8, 2005 | 6 min read
a last resting place for worn-out, misfolded, or otherwise unwanted proteins.
A Peek at the Pore
Bennett Daviss( | Apr 24, 2005 | 6 min read
As the gateway to the nucleus, the nuclear pore complex manages hundreds of intricate cargo-handling operations every second.