agriculture, developmental biology
Stem Cell Suicide Switch
Megan Scudellari | May 3, 2012
Human embryonic stem cells swiftly kill themselves in response to DNA damage.
The Sugar Lnc
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
Genes that react to cellular sugar content are regulated by a long non-coding RNA via an unexpected mechanism
Speaking of Science
The Scientist Staff | May 1, 2012
May 2012's selection of notable quotes
Boyle’s Monsters, 1665
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
From accounts of deformed animals to scratch-and-sniff technology, Robert Boyle's early contributions to the Royal Society of London were prolific and wide ranging.
Conventional Yields Trump Organic
Bob Grant | Apr 26, 2012
A new meta-analysis of farming practices suggests that traditional methods of cultivating food plants result in heftier harvests than do organic strategies.
Building a Better Sheep
Bob Grant | Apr 25, 2012
Chinese scientists claim to have cloned a lamb carrying a roundworm gene that aids in the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids.
Banned Antibiotics Found in Poultry
Jef Akst | Apr 6, 2012
Researchers find evidence of illegal use of antibiotics in poultry products.
The Two Faces of Metastasis
Suling Liu, Hasan Korkaya, and Max S. Wicha | Apr 1, 2012
During development, the cells of an embryo change their pattern of gene expression, which allows them to detach from their original location and migrate to another part of the embryo, where the pattern changes again to allow formation of a new organ.
Antibiotics in the Animals We Eat
Antibiotics in the Animals We Eat
Bonnie M. Marshall and Stuart B. Levy | Apr 1, 2012
Low-dose antibiotics in animal feed fuel drug-resistance in human infectious diseases.
Are Cancer Stem Cells Ready for Prime Time?
Are Cancer Stem Cells Ready for Prime Time?
Suling Liu, Hasan Korkaya, and Max S. Wicha | Apr 1, 2012
A flood of new discoveries has refined our definition of cancer stem cells. Now it’s up to human clinical trials to test if they can make a difference in patients.