agriculture, genetics & genomics, cell & molecular biology, culture
Cutting Back in Academia
Jef Akst | Aug 23, 2011
The National Academy of Sciences will propose a plan for cutting back costs at state universities.
Beer Yeast Identified
Jef Akst | Aug 23, 2011
A new yeast species found in Patagonia appears to be the missing half of the long-used lager yeast.
Opinion: The Water Deficit
David Molden | Aug 23, 2011
Current farming practices draw too much of the world’s freshwater supplies to be sustainable. A change is needed to support growing agricultural demand.
NIH Biased Against Blacks?
Bob Grant | Aug 22, 2011
A new study reveals that African American researchers are 10 percent less likely to receive funding from the federal agency than their white peers.
Discredited Studies Not Yet Retracted
Jef Akst | Aug 16, 2011
Ten years after an investigative report found that 10 papers on sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) were “flawed,” only one has been pulled from the literature.
Fewer PhD Funds for UK
Jef Akst | Aug 16, 2011
UK’s Research Councils may fund fewer new doctoral students in the upcoming academic year.
Bacteria Kamikazes
Bacteria Kamikazes
Kelly Rae Chi | Aug 16, 2011
Researchers design a synthetic bacterium that kills the infectious microbe Pseudomonas aeruginosa, sacrificing itself in the process.
How Caffeine Fights Cancer
Jef Akst | Aug 15, 2011
Caffeinated drinks may help prevent skin cancer by inhibiting a DNA repair pathway, thus killing potentially precancerous cells.
Designing Worm Proteins
Jef Akst | Aug 15, 2011
For the first time, researchers have engineered a multicellular organism that incorporates a synthetic amino acid into its proteins.
The Father of Trial Randomization Dies
Bob Grant | Aug 15, 2011
Statistician Paul Meier, who championed the random assignment of patients to treatment groups in clinical trials, changed the way the researchers test experimental drugs.